Prosser, Wash., scientist Gordon Taylor released his first commercial vintage in 2005, but he credits former apprentice Adrienne Mills for turning him onto Grenache. Here’s his second bottling of this Rhône variety, and he preserves its fruity and food-friendly nature with Colin Morrell’s Rattlesnake Hills site, which was picked Nov. 4. Its nose hints at fresh raspberry, strawberry-rhubarb compote, cherries and black pepper. The construction of flavors is dominated by cherries, boysenberry, strawberry and loganberry, backed by sandy tannins, juicy acidity and cinnamon bark in the farewell. Taylor suggests pairing this with bruschetta, cheese quiche or roasted pork tenderloin.
Production: 75 cases