Inaugural Release: 2012 Columbia Valley
50% Upland Vineyard | 50% Alder Ridge
Our very first bottling, the 2012 Columbia Valley Grenache combines 2 different vineyards to really showcase the type of Grenache that we will strive to make with Ocelli Cellars. It combines the red fruit-driven characteristics of Upland Vineyard with the structure and darker fruit profile of Alder Ridge Vineyard.
Tasting notes: This generous wine jumps out of the glass with decadent aromas of warm maple syrup, amarena cherry, and hints of clove. On the palate, this Grenache delivers layers of rich flavor--raspberry, dark chocolate ganache, juicy plum--followed by a savory component reminiscent of peppered dried meat. The savory elements linger through the finish, along with hints of chocolate cordial and orange liqueur.
Wine Enthusiast, 88 points
This is the inaugural release from this winery, which dedicates itself to the production of Grenache. A blend of fruit from Alder Ridge and Upland vineyards, it brings aromas of red plum, herb and spice that are followed by elegant, mouthwatering red-fruit flavors. It shows the variety's more delicate side.
47 cases produced.
2013 Columbia Valley
67% Angiolina Farms | 33% Upland Vineyard
The 2013 vintage of our Columbia Valley Grenache is another blend of two different vineyards, this time Upland Vineyard and Angiolina Farms. This wine is a shining example of how multiple growing regions can be put together to create a magnificent profile.
Tasting Notes: Rich, lifted aromas of cherry and mulling spice are followed by wisps of cinnamon bark and stone. On the palate, this wine enrobes your tongue in flavors of sun-warmed black raspberries, vanilla, and black strap molasses and finishes with a touch of slate and a glimmer of fine tannin.
Wine Enthusiast, 90 points
This wine brings vibrant aromas of dried orange peel, raspberry, umami and potpourri. The flavors are medium bodied, fresh and pure, showing no new oak influence.
Review of Washington Wines, 19/20 points
Composed of 67% Angiolina Farms and 33% Upland Vineyard Grenache, this shows a brick red color and an intriguing nose of wild fruits – fraises de bois, cranberries, and red currants – with scents of wild roses, mulberry, tobacco, orange peel, garrigue and wafts of spiced oriental incense. The medium bodied flavors are mouth filling, with notes of licorice, cocoa powder, medium roast coffee and loamy earth. The chewy textured back reveals sensations of gently pressed fruits, toasted nuts, recurring orange peel, and fraise and cassis liqueurs, all culminating in a lingering, slightly grainy, soft tannin finish that is lifted by balanced fruit acids.
2013 Snipes Mountain
One barrel. 100% Grenache. Upland Vineyard.
Our first single AVA bottling, this is a single barrel of Upland Vineyard Grenache. When tasting through the barrels to come up with our 2013 bottlings, this barrel stood out for having the characteristics we identify with Upland Vineyard, red fruit driven, with an elegance and purity more often found in Pinot Noir.
Tasting Notes: Elegant swirls of strawberry, sweet tobacco, Madagascar vanilla can cardamom mingle with violets and lavender, enticing you to sip. This wine tap dances across your tongue with an impressive array of flavors all at once: plum, grape confections, licorice, blackberry, roasted poblano peppers, and hints of leather. With time in the glass, taught tannisn have time to soften and integrate into a lucrative and intense wine that is impossible not to return to again and again.
Wine Enthusiast, 89 points
Light in color, perfumed aromas of potpourri, orange peel and red fruit give way to light, delicate fruit and savory flavors. It provides as lot of intrigue.
Review of Washington Wines, 19.5/20 points
This is the third Grenache to score 19.5 points in this publication (the other two cost $65 each). Sourced from the Upland Vineyard, it displays a brick red color and seductive aromas of strawberry, cranberry, pomegranate and cassis, with scents of red roses, sweet tobacco, dried orange peel, lavender, violets, white pepper and sultry oriental incense. On the palate, the medium bodied flavors are alluring as well, endowed with notes of red licorice, cocoa powder, Arabica roast and Snipes Mountain gravelly earth. On the back, the wine turns velvety textured with sensations of gently pressed fruits, pomegranate seeds, recurring orange peel, crème de cassis and finely ground charcoal. At 13.9% alcohol and with fine fruit acids, the wine shows superb balance, all culminating in a lingering, satiny moderate tannin finish.