Barking Frog Winery 2012 Grenache, Washington, $32

By on May 24, 2014

Barking Frog Winery 2012 GrenacheFormer drafting instructor Ron Helbig makes his wines at Carlton Cellars in Oregon, which is more than 200 miles from his primary vineyards in Washington — namely Crawford in the Yakima Valley and the Elerding site in the Horse Heaven Hills. There’s a hedonistic side to his 2012 edition of Grenache, which opens with aromas of lilac and violets as well as cherry juice, grape Kool-Aid and blueberry taffy. On the pour, the cherry theme picks up flavors of high-acid fruits such as red currant and pomegranate, backed by plum skins and warmth of alcohol and cracked black pepper.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 50 cases

Alcohol: 15.7%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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