Tempus Cellars 2012 Grenache, Yakima Valley, $25
Joe Forest, a product of Walla Walla Community College’s viticulture and enology program, has worked with some of the top vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley during his first decade of winemaking, but his thirst for Grenache led him to Art den Hoed Vineyards. One of the Yakima Valley’s prime spots for Rhône varieties allowed Forest to nurture aromas of raspberry, strawberry and baking spices. It follows with a bright and elegant drink of blackberry, black olive and milk chocolate as nicely textured tannins and juicy acidity make this easy to drink. This received a silver medal at the 2015 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, an annual scholarship fundraiser for Walla Walla Community College.
Production: 178 cases