2016 Carménère, Walla Walla Valley
We vinify all the traditional Bordeaux varietals, including Carménère, the “long lost grape”. Grown in the alluvial fan cobblestones of Morrison Vineyard and the volcanic-laced silt loams of Minnick Hills, these are amongst the oldest Carménère vines in Walla Walla. It is always delightful for blending, but as the years have gone by, we have become more and more enchanted with it as a remarkable stand-alone wine. This is our seventh varietal bottling of this unique grape since the first Carménère vintage in 2001.
I enjoy this varietal for its raspberry, blueberry and red currant fruit flavors mixed with a distinct herb, spice, peppercorn character. It is lifted and bright with soft tannin, sweet fruit, and lingering spice and pepper. Carménère is best enjoyed in its youth, anywhere from release to five years from vintage date.
-Casey McClellan, Winemaker