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Horsepower Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard 2019

America, Washington
Biodynamic

98 Points

The 2019 Sur Echalas Grenache is an utterly sensational new wine that screams terroir. Made from a tightly spaced vineyard, it shows off green peppercorns, nori, pomegranate seed, guava, satsuma zest, freshly tilled earth and stony undertones. The palate is plush with a soft texture and an incredible sense of tension. Layers of very delicate red fruits collide with stony minerals, blood orange zest and green olive tapenade. Utterly sensational to savor right now, this has another decade or more ahead of it. —Owen Bargreen, vinous.com

96 Points

Aromas of wet stones, dried rose petals and sour cherries. Full-bodied with exhilarating acidity. Soft, fine tannins. Coffee mixes with ground spice and herbs. Complex and focused. Very well balanced and will age very nicely. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. —James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

96 Points

Similarly hued, the translucent ruby/plum-hued 2019 Sur Echalas Grenache ratchets up the savory, meaty dial to 11 and has lots of red and black fruits, an incredibly meaty, beef tartare-like character, medium to full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and complex notes of truffly earth, leather, dried pepper, and shitake mushrooms. Always complex, layered, and singular, the 2019 certainly doesn't disappoint. —Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

95 Points

Impressive for its bold expression yet elegant complexity, this red explodes with raspberry, smoky bacon, garrigue, crushed stone and black olive flavors that soar on the rich and polished finish. Drink now through 2032. —Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

Country America
Region Washington
Appellation Walla Walla Valley
Winery Horsepower Vineyards
Vintage 2019
Color Red
Varietal(s) 100% Grenache
¥33,000  (incl. tax)

98 Points

The 2019 Sur Echalas Grenache is an utterly sensational new wine that screams terroir. Made from a tightly spaced vineyard, it shows off green peppercorns, nori, pomegranate seed, guava, satsuma zest, freshly tilled earth and stony undertones. The palate is plush with a soft texture and an incredible sense of tension. Layers of very delicate red fruits collide with stony minerals, blood orange zest and green olive tapenade. Utterly sensational to savor right now, this has another decade or more ahead of it. —Owen Bargreen, vinous.com

96 Points

Aromas of wet stones, dried rose petals and sour cherries. Full-bodied with exhilarating acidity. Soft, fine tannins. Coffee mixes with ground spice and herbs. Complex and focused. Very well balanced and will age very nicely. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. —James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

96 Points

Similarly hued, the translucent ruby/plum-hued 2019 Sur Echalas Grenache ratchets up the savory, meaty dial to 11 and has lots of red and black fruits, an incredibly meaty, beef tartare-like character, medium to full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and complex notes of truffly earth, leather, dried pepper, and shitake mushrooms. Always complex, layered, and singular, the 2019 certainly doesn't disappoint. —Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

95 Points

Impressive for its bold expression yet elegant complexity, this red explodes with raspberry, smoky bacon, garrigue, crushed stone and black olive flavors that soar on the rich and polished finish. Drink now through 2032. —Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

Country America
Region Washington
Appellation Walla Walla Valley
Winery Horsepower Vineyards
Vintage 2019
Color Red
Varietal(s) 100% Grenache
Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code 1379119
UPC NONE/なし
Winery

Winery Description

Vigneron Christophe Baron pioneered biodynamic farming in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley in 2002.  Horsepower is farmed entirely without the use of herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, chemical insecticides or fungicides using two draft horses - ‘Red’ and ‘Zeppo’ - to cultivate vineyards with as little as 3’ x 3’ spacing, planted 1 vine per stake, or “sur echalas” in French.  The oldest son of the centuries-old Champagne house Baron Albert, Christophe’s family has worked their land in the Marne Valley of France since 1677.  As recently as 1957 horses still did all of the vineyard cultivation.  Horsepower represents a return to that tradition, to a simplicity of craftsmanship and purpose that has been largely lost.  It’s a window to the Old World taking root in New. That’s why, on any given day in any of our three vineyards, the only sound you’re likely to hear is the hoofbeat of tradition, played and preserved on the stones of Horsepower.

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