2015 Rara Avis Grenache

2015 Rara Avis Grenache
2015 Rara Avis Grenache

Rara Avis is Latin for "rare bird" and is a cepage of 57% Olsen Ranch Vineyard Grenache, 18% Upland Vineyard Grenache, 21% Wallula Vineyard Mourvedre, and 4% Dutchman Vineyard Syrah. All the grapes were hand picked, hand sorted, and fermented by yeasts natives to the respective vineyards. 

Tasting notes

Grenache is the new Pinot Noir: soft tannins, plush character, spicy and interesting.  We blend in a healthy dose of Mourvedre to add acidity, density, and a hint of excitement.  A small amount of Syrah adds a hint of color to the Rara Avis.  All the grapes were fermented by wild yeasts to enhance the complexity of the resulting wine.

The 2015 Rara Avis Grenache has the typical Grenache hues of medium red with hints of orange.  The aroma has notes of crushed granite, wet stones, pomegranate, and cranberry.  The palette is mouth coating with delicious and savory red fruits and a rocky/funky character.  The tone of the Rara Avis is pleasing, interesting, intriguing, and plush. It is a wine that makes you think, analyze, and ultimately love.

Varietal Composition57% Olsen Ranch Grenache clone 3
18% Upland Grenache
21% Wallula Vineyard Mourvèdre
4% Dutchman Vineyard Syrah
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardOlsen, Upland, Wallula & Dutchman
Acid4.3 g/L
Residual Sugar<0.5 g/liter
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date01/30/2017
57% Olsen Ranch Grenache
18% Upland Vineyard Grenache
21% Wallula Vineyard Mourvèdre
4% Olsen Ranch Syrah clone 877

Brett Isenhower

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