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Stag’s Hollow Winery and Vineyard 2016 Grenache, Okanagan Valley, $26
A year ago, British Columbia winemaker Dwight Sick stunned the 2017 Judgment of Geyserville panel in Sonoma with his Grenache portfolio, led by his 2014 Renaissance. This blend from Kiln House Vineyard on Penticton’s West Bench and Hearle Vineyard to the south near Osoyoos was barely in the 500-liter French puncheons at that point, and while it’s a baby, it’s rather yummy. Aromas of strawberry, sweet herbs and cherry pipe tobacco lead to rich red fruit flavors, a pleasing mouth feel, more herbs and a finish that includes a flash of pomegranate and a peppermill’s turn.
Production: 220 cases