The bright and balanced Grenache leads to this classic Southern Rhone, this wine smells of white pepper, black currant, and raspberry.
Being Grenache dominant, bright red fruits with rhubarb and cranberry prevail on the mid-palate., following through to anise and pepper in a long, smooth finish.
Grapes for the Southern Blend come primarily from the rugged southern slopes of Horse Heaven Hills. Sandy soils, high winds whipping off the Columbia River, and 40 degree diurnal temperature shifts make this arguably the best spot in Washington state for Grenache and Mourvedre. Grenache, like Cabernet Sauvignon, needs consistent heat and cool nights to ripen. Our favorite sites are the South facing slopes of Horse Heaven Hills, The Gorge and Snipes Mountain. Which feature sandy soils adding minerality, and high winds which increase skin density and produce beautiful tannins. Cool nights helps temper these tannins and keep the grapes from exploding with sugar.