his is a first for the ded.reckoning program, a Washington version of a southern Rhone. We are huge fans of Chateauneuf du Pape, as many of you know and Grenache is the key component the wines of this appellation. In Washington, Grenache is not as well-known as Syrah, but it definitely is on the upswing. It is very sensitive to cold, so plantings are much more limited, but higher elevations in the valley tend to keep it going through nasty winters. From the much lauded Ciel du Cheval vineyard on Red Mountain, this is an extremely rare example of a Grenache from the Yakima Valley’s most famous spot. Crafted by Rhone style specialist James Mantone of Syncline and in this case, Force Majeure, it has classic notes of strawberry, raspberry, red currant and game. Notes of dried roses, mint and a whiff of bacon round out the elegant and refined nature of the wine. Crisp acids and gentle tannins are some of the defining notes of the grape, and they come through here in spades. Enjoyable now, it will continue to evolve in the cellar for a decade or more.