Cayuse Vineyards God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2015
The 2015 Cayuse God Only Knows is a stunning Grenache-based blend that showcases the unique terroir of Washington State's Walla Walla Valley. The nose is layered and complex, with aromas of wild strawberry, black cherry, and spice box accented by hints of dried flowers and smoked meat. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and expressive, with flavors of red and black fruit mingling with notes of black pepper and herbs. The tannins are firm but supple, providing structure and balance to the wine's rich fruit flavors. The finish is long and persistent, with a hint of minerality adding complexity. A wine of remarkable complexity and finesse, the 2015 God Only Knows is a true masterpiece.
The aromas aren't quite ready to reveal their charms on first pour, with notes of strawberry, smoked meat, ground rock and crushed flower emerging over time. The flavors are light but sumptuous, showing a lovely sense of texture. Sean P. Sullivan
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) -
The 2015 Grenache God Only Knows Armada Vineyard is superb, wafting from the glass with a bouquet of kaleidoscopic complexity that features aromas of rose hips and peony, ripe cherries and orange rind, mingled with savory bass notes of garrigue, licorice and bay leaf. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and expansive, with a deep core of fruit framed by very fine-grained, velvety tannins, concluding with a sapid, even saline finish. Its concentration without weight, as well as its striking aromatic amplitude, mark it out as one of the finest expressions of Grenache to be found in the United States. The 2015 was cropped at 1.2 tons per acre and saw a saignée of 8% to 15%, and it was fermented with 70% to 80% whole cluster, attaining 14.2% alcohol. - Reviewed by William Kelley