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2019 Horsepower Vineyards Fiddleneck Vineyard Grenache

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

99James Suckling

Strawberries, cranberries, dried herbs and ground white pepper. Full-bodied with bright acidity and fine, silky tannins. An abundance of peppery spice on the palate. Cool, bright red fruit. Supremely juicy and energetic. Well balanced with excellent intensity and length. Delicacy with freshness.

94Jeb Dunnuck

...nose of earthy red and black fruits, peppery herbs, rose petals, and chalky minerality. More medium-bodied on the palate...ethereally textured and reveals a savory, meaty, spicy character...ripe tannins and a great finish.

17.5Jancis Robinson

...lift, transparency to place and a palate-cleansing, lengthy finish. This wine is both energising and energetic, textural and persistent. Fresh, delicious and nicely balanced...savoury throughout while full of freshness and that sprinkle of sea salt characteristic of the region.

REGION

United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley

Walla Walla Valley AVA likes to call itself the Napa Valley of Washington, and given the concentration of well-reviewed wineries in the appellation, the comparison is understandable. The Walla Walla appellation is comprised of 340,000 acres, of which 1,200 acres are vineyards. Walla Walla is located in the southeastern corner of Washington and it extends slightly into northeastern Oregon. It is named after the Walla Walla River Valley, and the city of Walla Walla is the commercial center of Washington’s wine industry. The city was founded in the 1840s by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a trading post, but as early as the 1850s farmers were planting grapes for winemaking. Prohibition shuttered winemaking in the early 20th century, but a winemaking renaissance started in the 1970s when Leonetti Cellars, still one of the state’s most acclaimed wineries, started producing acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon. Walla Walla’s AVA status was awarded in 1984 and today there are more than 100 wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most frequently planted grape, followed by Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese Chardonnay and Viognier.

TYPE

Red Wine, Grenache

One of the most popular red varieties planted, it ripens late and prefers hot dry climates. It probably originated in Spain, where it is still widely grown. Grenache is best known for its use in Southern Rhone wines, including those of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.