GSM among Washington’s most delicious blends

By on April 8, 2018

Tenet Wines 2013 GSM, Columbia Valley, $70

Tenet Wines-2013-GSMSte. Michelle Wine Estates adds to its international “string of pearls” experience with Tenet Wines, its palindrome-coined collaboration with renowned Rhône Valley vintners Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie. Their inaugural vintage in Washington state with Chateau Ste. Michelle head winemaker Bob Bertheau results in this delicious and mildly hedonistic GSM-style blend of Grenache (40%), Syrah (35%) and Mourvèdre aged 12 months in 100 percent neutral French oak barriques (86%) and puncheons (14%). Its nose of Marionberry taffy, huckleberry, red currant, Western serviceberries and dark chocolate carries on through to the palate, where mild tannins and elderberry juice make for a rich, yet bright finish.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,069 cases

Alcohol: 15.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

6 Comments

  1. Scott P

    April 10, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    To not even mention Palencia wineries Casa Amirillo GSM is a travesty.

    If you haven’t had it, you must immediately.

  2. Bill

    April 28, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Syncline “Subduction Red” needs to be included, in part, because it has the 3 GSM + Cinsault & Carignan.
    Just starin’

  3. Robert

    April 30, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Covington Cellars ” MA Belle”should be included. Cinsault has been been added to the 2013 GSM blend. A most appealing wine.

  4. Steve

    May 3, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    W hy can’t I get midsummer’s white Columbia valley in OHio

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