40% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre
"The real superstar in the lineup is the 2013 Tenet GSM, which checks in as a mix of 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre that spent 12 months in neutral French oak. Ripe, voluptuous and thrillingly textured, this beauty boasts fabulous aromatics of red and black raspberries, melted licorice, pepper and assorted floral characteristics. These all come together nicely on the palate where the wine is full-bodied, has no hard edges, a big, layered mid-palate and blockbuster length. Count me impressed. This Chateauneuf du Pape look-alike will have a decade or more of longevity.
Rhone superstars Philippe Cambie and Michel Gassier's first foray into Washington, Tenet is a joint project with Bob Bertheau at Chateau Ste. Michelle, where all three collaborate on vineyard selections, farming and blending. They do to classic Syrahs, one from Michel's estate in Costieres de Nimes and one from Columbia Valley, with the idea to present a textbook example of each region, and it's a treat to taste these side by side. In addition, the top cuvee is the GSM blend, which comes from different sites in the Columbia Valley. These are all high-quality wines well worth checking out." (WA)
"(15.5% alcohol; 3.89 pH; a blend of 11 small lots): Full medium ruby. Superb lavender and violet lift to the slightly jammy aromas of blueberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and Szechuan peppercorn, with an exotic orange zest high note providing another high note. At once plush and wonderfully aromatic in the mouth (the clones came from Tablas Creek), showing a very fine-grained texture and noteworthy energy. The black raspberry, blueberry and clove flavors are complicated by a hint of saddle leather. Finishes with substantial but thoroughly ripe tannins and terrific subtle persistence and lift. This project is a joint venture between Chateau Ste. Michelle (featuring head winemaker Bob Bertheau) and the Rhône Valley winemaker Michel Gassier and consulting enologist Philippe Cambie." (VM)
"A blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre, all aged in neutral oak, this wine impresses with alluring aromas of ripe strawberry, clove, blueberry, coffee and spice. Flavors are rich and palate-coating while displaying balance and finesse, with a finish that lingers." (WE)
Superb crimson color with bluish hues. Deep and complex nose exhibiting wild strawberries and raspberry jam with blueberry accents. Rich and velvety, with complex flavors of blond tobacco, white pepper, clove and star anise. Great concentration of very fine tannins, giving this wine tremendous length and great aging potential.