Cayuse God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2017
|United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley
Always in the running for one of the top Grenache outside of the South of France, the 2017 Grenache God Only Knows reveals a medium ruby/purple hue as well as a gorgeous nose of framboise, wild strawberries, sweet mulch, sappy flowers, ground pepper, and liquid violets. This carries to a medium to full-bodied, Burgundian Grenache that has a great mid-palate, an opulent, powerful yet ethereal mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and a solid spine of acidity. It's the finest vintage I've tasted of this cuvée, blending remarkable intensity with a sense of elegance and purity that's something to behold. Give bottles another year or three and enjoy over the following decade.
The 2017 Grenache God Only Knows Armada Vineyard displays a beautiful ruby color and offers up from aromas of wild raspberry and smoked cherry with an underlying savory tone of rosemary and lavender bushes after a dust storm. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is supple and ripe with a polished shine to the mid-palate, showing a balanced structure that is floral and lifted with a high-toned red fruit sensation. Showing fine-grained tannins, aligned with a soft umami character, the long-lingering finish delivers pleasure for more than a minute. The 2017 is showing beautifully now and is approachable in youth but has the propensity to age for a decade or more. Only 554 cases were produced.
Floral aromas rise up, with notes of potpourri, Stargazer lily and violet followed by notes of fire pit, sea breeze and charcuterie. It's palate shaking in intensity while also bringing a sense of delicacy. Floral notes linger on the hyperextended finish. What a wine. You could just smell it and be completely satisfied.