2011 Horsepower "Sur Echalas Vineyard" Walla Walla Grenache

2011 Horsepower "Sur Echalas Vineyard" Walla Walla Grenache

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97 points Wine Advocate

The 2011 Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard is a sensational blend of 100% Grenache that comes all from a vineyard located just to the west of Cayuse’s Armada Vineyard. Planted to 4,840 vines per acre, it’s farmed completely by horse. Showing every bit as well from bottle as from barrel, it offers up layers of pepper, smoked herbs, gunpowder and black fruits to go with a deep, structured style on the palate. Incredibly concentrated, especially in the vintage, it has a graceful, balanced feel before firming up substantially on the finish. Give this beauty 2-3 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following decade. Unfortunately, there are only 131 cases of it to go around, so if you get the opportunity to grab some bottles, don’t miss it. (JD)  (6/2014)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Densely planted and labor intensive (it is actually tilled by Belgian draft horses), the vineyard’s first releases have been eagerly anticipated, and do not disappoint. Floral highlights are stacked over a swirl of umami, with subtle power and airiness. Delicate and tense, it’s packed with brambly berry flavors, minerally acids and fine-grained tannins. (PG)  (2/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

A streak of black olive runs through this supple, ripe and open-textured style, floating rose petal-accented cherry and guava flavors on an airy, seductive texture. Finishes with grace and length. (HS)  (4/2015)