Bottle Notes, Grenache

2011 No Girls Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard – Bottle Notes

No Girls Wines is a partnership between famed Cayuse vigneron Christophe Baron and longtime friend and Cayuse general manager, Trevor Dorland. The fruit comes from the Cayuse La Paciencia vineyard, which means patience—appropriate as the project was ten years in the making. The vines are tightly spaced and planted on an angle, giving No Girls a profile all its own. Elizabeth Bourcier is the Winemaker at No Girls.

The name No Girls comes from a mid-19th century building Christophe purchased. Just past the main entrance, at the top of a flight of stairs, the words “no girls” were painted on the wall. The decades old sign was a symbol that this house of ill repute had been shut down. The wine label is an actual photograph.

Light red in color. 13.8% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, game, olive brine and rose petals. Medium body with medium acidity. Elegant and supremely complex. Cherries, strawberries, mushrooms and smoked meat on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and silky. A very unique expression of Grenache that clearly stands apart from the Cayuse God Only Knows. Likely best over the next 2-3 years but I won’t be surprised if it ages gracefully for years beyond.

My rating: 95 points.

The wine is incredibly hard to obtain. Sign up for the waiting list. Be patient.

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