No Girls - 2016 - La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache - 750 ml.
Region: Walla Walla Valley
Vintage: 2016 - Size: 750 ml. - Type: RedNo Girls celebrates the belief that empowered women to create empowered wine—and champions the many talented and independent women of this profession and beyond. The wines are crafted by Elizabeth Bourcier, Assistant Vigneronne for Cayuse Vineyards. After co-producing the first vintage with Cayuse Vigneronne Christophe Baron in 2008, she has had carte blanche on all aspects of the wine creation for the 2011 vintage and beyond. The wines have earned routinely high accolades, with Wine Spectator calling them “some of the best Washington wines ever rated” by the magazine. The grapes come from the La Paciencia vineyard, which means patience in Spanish—appropriate since the project was ten years in the making. The tightly spaced vines, planted on an angle in the Stones of the Walla Walla Valley, give No Girls a personality all its own, and the wines are focused and pure. These are food-friendly creations that reflect finesse, elegance, charm, and character. Historically, women were excluded from the critical stages of wine production, hampered by the prevailing societal belief that it was strictly “a man’s work.” No Girls offers a new narrative that’s driven by the strength and resilience of women. The wines are as modern, opinionated, and powerful as the name suggests.
the 2016 Grenache la Paciencia Vineyard has a nose that opens with a bang, boasting majestic and explosive notes of dusty red fruit—raspberries, cherries and spiced red plum—with a rocky core of minerality. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, the wine expresses the semi-carbonic notes of sweet red fruit and dusty red flower petals with iron and lava rocks. It has expressive and silky tannins that linger on the long, ethereal finish. I am impressed! This is delicious juice and is a must-have for serious collectors. —Anthony Mueller, The Wine Advocate
James Suckling: 94
This has a very plush, sweet, rich array of strawberry pastry and wild raspberries with hints of red apples. The palate has sleek, silky and gently sinewy tannin with plenty of light and shade. This is so pure. Drink or hold. —James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Wine Spectator: 94
Lithe and expressive, with elegantly complex smoked pepper, high-toned raspberry, orange peel and river stone accents that glide toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2028. —Tim Fish, Wine Spectator
Wine Enthusiast: 97
Aromas of potpourri, white pepper, charcuterie, crushed flowers, soot and raspberry captivate on the nose. Exuberant and outrageously flavorful on the palate, intense accents of smoked meat and earth arise alongside the fruit. An extremely long finish of earth and flowers completes it. —Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast