2016 Rara Avis Grenache

2016 Rara Avis Grenache
2016 Rara Avis Grenache

Rara Avis is latin for "Rare Bird". 100% Grenache - a true rare bird in Washington State. The Grenache has a medium weight, with a creamy and ethereal touch that is attractive and flavors of cherries, cranberries, earthy notes, and cream. The Grenache reminds us of Pinot Noir.

Tasting notes

The Rara Avis has a limpid red hue.  Delectable aromas of sandalwood, dried cherries, earth, wet granite, and juicy sweet cranberries leap from the glass.  The Grenache is sleek, focused, and seamless.  The texture has a medium weight, with a creamy and ethereal touch that is attractive.  Flavors in the wine include cherries, cranberries, earthy notes, and cream.  This may induce scoffing from Oregon wine aficionados, but the Grenache reminds us of Pinot Noir. "Whattt? Yeah, I said it."

Production notes

The Olsen Ranch Grenache was harvested on September 27th.  All the grapes were hand-harvested, hand-sorted, and fermented by yeasts native to the vineyard with 25% whole cluster fermentation.  Only the free run wine was retained for the Rara Avis.  The Grenache was aged in two French Oak 500 liter puncheons (second fill) and 6 neutral French Oak barrels. 

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Vintage2016
VarietalGrenache
Varietal Composition100% Grenache from Olsen Ranch Vineyard, clone 3
AppellationYakima Valley
VineyardOlsen Ranch
Harvest Date09/27/2016
Acid4.56 g/L
PH3.9
Fermentationnative
Residual Sugar<0.5 g/liter
Alcohol14.20%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/01/2018
100% Olsen Ranch Grenache

Brett Isenhower

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