B. Leighton Olsen Brothers Vineyard Gratitude 2013
|Region||United States, Washington, Yakima Valley|
This wine is a blend of 70% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache and 5% Syrah. It opens with achingly pure red currant, cranberry, black pepper, blue fruit, orange peel and dried herb aromas that completely captivate the senses. The palate shows a hypnotic sense of purity along with a sense of elegance that is dazzling. Smoked meat flavors linger on the long finish.
Inspired by the wines of Domaine Tempier in Bandol, Leighton's 2013 Gratitude checks in as a Mourvèdre dominated blend that incorporates 25% Grenache and 5% Syrah, all of which was aged in two- to three-year-old puncheons. Cured meats, spice-box, black currants and blackberry nuances all emerge from this sweetly fruited, layered, downright sexy Mourvèdre that has fine, polished tannin and a great finish. Not harvested until the last week of October, drink this rock star 2013 over the coming decade, and I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see it evolve for longer.
Broad and generous, brimming with green olive-accented plum and currant flavors, coming together harmoniously on the finish, surrounded with velvety tannins. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2022. 412 cases made.