Beauty and function are both present with components of sweet cherry and cherry blossoms, tones of gunpowder, spicy pepper and crushed rock, all of which sets an understanding for this wine. This Grenache then stands up and punctuates with beautiful density and finesse that linger with minerality and wet dirt with undertones of fennel and bay leaf.
Olsen Brothers is located on the Northwest bend of the Yakima River as it turns North at Red Mounatin. The elevation averages about 1000 feet and the soils are sandy with broken basalt.
The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. The resulting wines were less likely to tip over into overripe flavors or high alcohol levels, and picking proceeded at a normal pace. Total tonnage was up about 5 percent over 2012, a record for the state. 2013 made us thank Sweet Baby Jesus that our white wine vineyards are cool sites at higher elevation. The very warm vintage cooled down in mid-September allowing us to pick at the perfect moment in the first week of October. This gave us generous full flavored wine while still keeping focus.
Yield: 2.5 tons per acre
Sorting: 1 time
Treatment: Punch downs
Malolactic Fermentation: Native
Ageing: 100% neutral French puncheons for 18 months, sur lie with infrequent batonnage
Total Production: 90 cases
Release date: Spring 2015
92 points, Wine Spectator
90-92 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
92 points, Stephen Tanzer