Old Saloon in Walla Walla, Washington.

Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard

Produced 2008 - present

Professional reviews and tasting notes from prior vintages added as published. Scores within parentheses indicate barrel samples:

2016 No Girls Wines Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard

95 Points

The 2016 Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard sports a translucent ruby color as well as a terrific bouquet of black cherries, strawberries, cold fireplace, white flowers, and spice. Seamless, elegant, and vibrant, with great tension, it’s a thrilling, Rayas look-alike to drink over the coming 10-15 years. —Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

2015 No Girls Wines Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard

97 Points

...vineyard is one of a kind and is truly one of the top bottlings in the state. This incredible wine was aged in a combination of neutral oak and stainless steel prior to bottling. The nose is completely intoxicating with blood orange, wild strawberry, horse manure, guava puree, forest floor and black tea. The palate shows an insane range of flavors. Blood orange rind, forest floor, white truffle, red currant jelly and Umami. The dazzling minerality really impresses... The saline and savory aspect of this wine makes your mouth water and captivates the senses, as this is nearly impossible to put down right now. Drink 2018-2028. —Dr. Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog

96 Points

...was showing very well indeed, wafting from the glass with a complex aromatic mélange of garrigue, wild strawberries, peony and balsam bough. On the palate, the wine is pure, voluptuous and expansive, with wonderfully silky structure and a layered core of succulent fruit, concluding with a long, tangy finish. Beautifully balanced and amazingly texturally finessed, this is a fabulous Grenache from Elizabeth Bourcier. —William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

96 Points

...this brilliant wine tastes like a Chambolle-Musigny mixed with a Châteauneuf du Pape from Rayas! Strawberries, raspberry liqueur, green olive, and floral notes all flow to a medium-bodied, ethereally textured, beautiful Grenache that has plenty of intensity, yet just dances on the palate with no weight or heaviness. Enjoy this elixir over the coming 7-8 years. —Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

95 Points

Love the aromas of plums, dried rose petals and hints of spices. Full-bodied, layered and intense. Decadence with focus. Really long. Drink now or hold. —James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

94 Points

The aromas pop in notes of sea breeze, dried nori, flower, wet stone, peat, white pepper and strawberry, showing a lot of complexity. The palate is elegant but intensely flavorful. A smoked meat finish carries as long as you care to count, kicking it up a notch. —Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast

94 Points

Svelte and impeccably structured, yet spirited, with expressive raspberry, garrigue and smoky peppered beef accents that build tension toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. —Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

2014 No Girls Wines Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard

96 Points

...vinified in concrete and aged in neutral barrels. Its deep ruby/mostly opaque color is followed by a deep, slightly closed bouquet of smoked black fruits, cured meats, black olive and violet/floral aromas and flavors....seamless and elegant on the palate, yet has plenty of authority, depth and length. —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

2013 No Girls Wines Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard

(93-95) Points

The Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard, which is scheduled to be bottled in August, offers the classic, perfumed, elegant style that’s common from this estate. Giving up lots of dried flowers, olive tapenade and sweet cherry and strawberry fruit, it’s medium to full-bodied, silky and polished. It should drink nicely on release and have a decade of longevity. Drink 2016-2023 —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

2012 No Girls Wines Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard

95 Points

There are 298 cases of the 2012 Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard and it’s unquestionably the best vintage of this wine to date. Offering fabulous intensity in its strawberry, raspberry, spice, pepper and floral bouquet, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a supple, elegant texture and a seamless, lengthy finish. This wows with its purity and finesse-driven style more than for weight or richness, and it should evolve nicely given its overall balance. Drink 2016-2024. —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

96 Points

Complex and evocative plum, tar, black olive and jasmin flavors ride proudly over a refined structure that feels almost weightless. A rich wine that offers finesse and an endless finish. Taut, but ends up with an open feel. Drink now through 2022. 298 cases made. —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

94 Points

Quite lightly colored, this wine displays perfumed aromas of green and black olive, stargazer lilies, mineral, peat and moist earth. The flavors are both ethereally light and rich, tingling the palate with seemingly endless savoriness. —Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast

92 Points

...Old World nose offers scents of raspberry, cranberry, smoke, flint, peony, rose petal and pink peppercorn. A juicy, pure wine with lovely precision and finesse, with the red berry flavors complicated by saline minerality; the mouthfeel here is distinctly Burgundian. Finishes with slightly edgy tannins and acidity but still offers considerable early appeal for its sheer verve. A fascinating Washington Grenache. —Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

2011 No Girls Wines Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard

95 Points

This vineyard was planted specifically for the No Girls project. The wine is fresh, fragrant and intensely floral, with a mix of rosewater and orange zest. Elegant, with a delicate, lacy texture, the flavors are savory and salty, braced with stiff, lightly peppery tannins. Notes of funk and mushroom come into play as it finishes gracefully and with unexpected length. —Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast

94 Points

100% Grenache that was harvested on October 23 and aged 22 months in neutral puncheons. Elegant and finesse driven, with a sweet bouquet of wild strawberries, mint, game, rose petal and dried flowers, it is medium to full-bodied, seamless and silky on the palate, with no hard edges. Already delicious, it will drink beautifully over the coming decade or more. —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

92+? Points

...a project involving Cayuse’s Christophe Baron and several of his employees; Baron’s assistant winemaker Elizabeth Bourcier has essentially assumed winemaking responsibilities for the No Girls wines): Good medium red. Musky strawberry, raspberry, black truffle and black pepper on the nose; a bit higher-pitched than the God Only Knows Grenache Christophe Baron also makes under his Cayuse label. Concentrated and saline, offering piquant peppery lift to the extremely primary red berry flavors. Sharply delineated, very elegant Grenache made without any new oak. Less rich than the God Only Knows (these vines, mostly from Alban clones, were planted between 2003 and 2005) but with more early punch. Finishes firm and smoky, with savory tannins and excellent verve. —Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

2010 No Girls Wines Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard

94 Points

Showing the house style, which is generally more finesse driven than the wines of Cayuse, the 2010 Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard is a gorgeously complex, elegant effort that has both richness and freshness. A 100% Grenache that sees no new oak whatsoever, it possesses exotic aromas and flavors of lavender, olive, river rock and spiced meats that are all grounded by a sweet core of black cherry-like fruit. Medium to full-bodied, transparent and supple, with a deft, seamless texture, juicy acidity and outstanding length, this beautifully done 2010 will drink well for 7-8 years. Drink now-2020. —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

92 Points

Broad and spicy, with tangy acidity to balance the ripe strawberry, cherry and mulberry flavors, picking up licorice and black olive notes as the finish lingers. A bit hot in the end, but charming. Drink now through 2019. 236 cases made. 163 cases made. —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

2009 No Girls Wines Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard

92 Points

Intriguing hints of cinnamon, mint and birch beer add accents to ripe, lightly-cooked strawberry in the nose, as well as on a polished, glycerol-rich yet buoyant palate. The impression is soothing and expansive up to a point, its fine tannins almost unnoticeable; then it’s as though one has crunched down to the strawberry seeds and taken a sharper hit of mint and cinnamon as well as white pepper and toasted nuts, causing the wine to deliver a delightful, energetic ping as part of a long, infectiously juicy finish. —David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate

2008 No Girls Wines Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard

93 Points

The 2008 No Girls Grenache is a silky, perfumed offering with delightful spicy cherry flavors. —Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate

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