Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard

Produced: 2011-present

Professional reviews and tasting notes from prior vintages added as published. Scores within parentheses indicate barrel samples:

2016 Horsepower Vineyards Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard

(95-98) Points

...deep ruby/plum-colored and offers an incredibly spicy bouquet of black raspberries, white pepper, cedar wood, scorched earth and burnt spices. Deep, powerful and structured on the palate, with a great mid-palate and building tannin, it’s a sensational Grenache... –Jeb Dunnuck,

2015 Horsepower Vineyards Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard

98 Points

...stunning, wafting from the glass with a captivating bouquet that features floral top notes of roses and peony, savory nuances of rich coniferous forest floor and bouillon, overlaying a sapid base of ripe cherry and strawberry. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, immensely intense and mouthwateringly savory, with incredible complexity and stony depth. The finish is long and saline... –William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

(95-98) Points

Smelling just like a young vintage of Rayas with its rose petal, crushed strawberry, white pepper and hints of lavender, the 2015 Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard is seamless, layered, full-bodied and incredibly long on the palate. It shows more Cayuse notes of olive brine and salt on the palate, has building tannin and is a gorgeous wine. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

2014 Horsepower Vineyards Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard

99 Points

Reminding me of a hypothetical mix of blood and herbs (blood sausage?), with notes of earth, mushrooms, rose petal and strawberries, the 2014 Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard is full-bodied, exotic and seamless, with building tannin and a gorgeous saltiness on the finish. Like these latest 2014s, it opens up with time in the glass, has a layered, elegant and incredibly long finish, and perfectly polished tannin. It's not Rayas, it's not Chateauneuf du Pape, it's an incredible, singular wine that stands on its own. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

94 Points

Expressive and distinctive, with smoky meat, raspberry and garrigue aromas and gracefully complex cherry, olive and crushed stone flavors that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. 202 cases made. –Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

2013 Horsepower Vineyards Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard

95 Points

…sports a transparent ruby color to go with classic Grenache notes of wild strawberries, peppery herbs, licorice, hints of iron and good minerality that comes out more on the finish. Similar in style to the 2012, with a savory edge, this medium to full-bodied beauty has fine tannin, a supple, sexy texture and a great finish. It should hit prime time around age 4-6 and drink nicely through 2028. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

94 Points

Deep and expressive, offering rose petal-accented cherry, blackberry, roasted lamb and black olive flavors that float over a richly textured, open-weave structure. Finishes long and vibrant. Drink now through 2021. 207 cases made. –Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

2012 Horsepower Vineyards Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard

(97-99 Points)

The 2012 Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard is Rayas like in its kirsch, green herbs, rose petal, flowers and assorted spices. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, yet also graceful and light on its feet, this incredible effort flirts with perfection and should have 15-20 years of longevity. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

96 Points

Dark, dense and focused, yet surprisingly light-footed, layering chalk and wet rock minerality through the ripe and meaty cherry and clotted cream flavors. Complex and inviting, this is long as a midsummer day. Drink now through 2025. 203 cases made. –Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

94? Points

Moderately saturated medium red. Mesmerizing aromas of raspberry, peony, garrigue, smoke and earth; would anyone not pick this blind as a French wine? Dry, saline and superconcentrated, with raspberry and earth flavors conveying superb penetration and energy. Finishes with big, dusty tannins and outstanding length and spicy lift. A great American Grenache. –Steven Tanzer, Vinous

2011 Horsepower Vineyards Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard

97 Points

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 gracefully, 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. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate