Palencia Wine Co. 2012 Casa Amarilla Grenache Syrah & Mourvèdre, Yakima Valley, $36

By on January 25, 2015

palencia-wine-casa-amarilla-2012-bottleVictor Palencia got his start in the Washington wine industry as a teen working for Prosser winemaker/grower David Minick, who founded Willow Crest and its namesake vineyard. Minick now oversees vineyard operations for Precept Wine, and owner of nearby Canyon Ranch Vineyard. Willow Crest contributed the Syrah for this GSM-blend, while Grenache and Mourvèdre came from CRV. Combined with Palencia’s winemaking they offer aromas of dark and dusty blue fruit, allspice, clove and fresh-baked brownie. The flavor profile spotlights a broad palate of blackberry and elderberry, backed by a lighter tannin structure with pomegranate acidity. The finish features a touch of minerality and elderberry. While it’s not scheduled to be released until this fall, it’s already showing beautifully.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 105 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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