Black plum, earth and floral notes pop out at first note expressing beautiful and inviting beginnings. Charred herbs and rare meat continue to make the sip an enticing desire. Bold and gobsmacking. Oh Lordy be, this a wine of pleasure and gall. I thank you. – Winemaker Brennon Leighton
96 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
A cuvée made for winemaker Brennen Leighton’s wife and a field blend of 70% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, and 5% Syrah, the 2017 Gratitude ranks with the finest Mourvèdres to come from the state. Awesome notes of black raspberry liqueur, incense, ground pepper, and forest floor give way to a medium to full-bodied, ripe, powerful yet weightless 2017 that does everything right. It’s already just about impossible to resist, yet my money is on it evolving for a solid decade.”
94 Points – James Suckling
“This field blend of 70% mourvedre, 25% grenache and 5% syrah has a smooth, silky texture that is captivating and beautiful with crushed berries, such as raspberries. Stone and tea-leaf undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet polished and creamy-textured. Spicy aftertaste with cloves and black pepper. Drink now or hold.”
Vineyard – Olsen Brothers (100%)
(70% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 5% Syrah; 14.5% Alcohol; Yakima Valley, Washington State Red Wine)
Located on the Northwest bend of the Yakima River as it turns North at Red Mountain. The elevation averages about 1000 feet and the soils are sandy with broken basalt.
Vintage 2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for heathy vines. The moderate temperatures during summer were perfect for small clusters and yet delayed veraison into the fall where we had a consistent ripening season that allowed us to hang the fruit for perfect tannin and flavor without losing acidity or acquiring too much alcohol. Overall it was a vintage to remember.