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Grenache Fiddleneck Vineyard

First Production: 2018

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

2019 Horsepower Vineyards Grenache Fiddleneck Vineyard

99 Points

The stunning 2019 Fiddleneck Grenache was sourced from a beautiful site where fiddleneck flowers were established before the vines were planted in 2015. The utterly mesmerizing nose features red rose petals, Linzer torte, umami and green olive tapenade, offering an air of aromatic complexity that is impossible to replicate in North America. On the seamless, beautifully textured palate, juicy red fruits collide with shades of white truffle, a dusting of salinity and an exquisite stony character. This is a wine unlike anything else in the world. —Owen Bargreen,

99 Points

Strawberries, cranberries, dried herbs and ground white pepper. Full-bodied with bright acidity and fine, silky tannins. An abundance of peppery spice on the palate. Cool, bright red fruit. Supremely juicy and energetic. Well balanced with excellent intensity and length. Delicacy with freshness. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. —James Suckling,

95 Points

There’s a lot going on in this red, which is explosively expressive with notes of wild game, smoked pepper, blackberry and garrigue that lead to multilayered and richly textured flavors, building polish and intensity toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2032. —Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

94 Points

Starting off with the 2019 Fiddleneck Grenache, a wine first produced in 2018, it reveals a medium ruby/translucent hue to go with a classic Horsepower nose of earthy red and black fruits, peppery herbs, rose petals, and chalky minerality. More medium-bodied on the palate, it's ethereally textured and reveals a savory, meaty, spicy character with time in the glass as well as ripe tannins and a great finish. Drink it any time over the coming 10-15 years. —Jeb Dunnuck,

2018 Horsepower Vineyards Grenache Fiddleneck Vineyard

100 Points

… This is the first edition of this wine and any lover of world-class Grenache will be very glad that this wine has been made... this wine shows quite differently than Grenache from Sur Echalas Vineyard — but is every bit as good. A rich core of red and dark fruits mingle with tobacco leaf, Umami, beef fat and green peppercorns on this evocative nose... Bright Yakima cherry tones mingle with Satsuma orange rind, seaweed, red raspberry cordial, red rose water, and smoldering rocks on the palate… While showing a good degree of richness, this is highly elegant Grenache that is best enjoyed over the next eight years. But why wait? —Owen Bargreen,

94 Points

A new vineyard release, the 2018 Fiddleneck Grenache is cut from the same cloth yet offers a touch more fruit, with lots of wild strawberries and blueberries interwoven with violets, chalky minerality, and peppery herbs. Medium to full-bodied, with good concentration, firm yet ripe tannins, and a great finish, it's another Grenache that demands bottle age. Do your best to hide bottles for 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 10-12. —Jeb Dunnuck,

94 Points

Expressive and appealingly gamy, with multilayered raspberry, smoked meat and crushed stone accents that build tension toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2030. —Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

93+ Points

New this year, the 2018 Grenache Fiddleneck Vineyard has a ruby core and slight garnet rim, expressing aromas of dusty rose petals, cherry blossom and elements of plum compote, dried orange zest, iodine and a soft stemmy essence. Medium to full-bodied, the wine displays a fresh, bright expression, firm mineral essence and spiced, red-fruited nature that sways with dusty red flowers and an undercurrent of red peppercorn. The wine ends a delightfully lingering finish with a subtly spiced petrichor note that brings me back for another sip. –Anthony Mueller, The Wine Advocate

93 Points

This is the inaugural release from this vineyard, which like many sites in this area was formerly an apple orchard, with this one abandoned in the early 1990s with fiddle-neck flowers sprouting up. Coming from fourth leaf fruit, it brings the good, old-fashioned funk that made this region of the valley famous. Behind that are aromas of blood orange, flower, soot, wet stone, fresh tobacco and pomegranate. The palate is fuller in style, chock-full of orange and savory flavors. Savory notes persist on an intense finish that will not quit. —Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast