2016 Cayuse Grenache God Only Knows Armada Vineyard

Year: 2016
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Country: USA-Washington
Wine Spectator: 94
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 95
Jeb Dunnuck: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 98
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.6%
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"Demands attention immediately, yet remains graceful and refined, with notes of bacon fat, raspberry and orange peel, plus crushed rock and pepper. Takes on tension toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2027. 535 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"Bright medium red. Knockout nose combines red cherry, pomegranate, mocha, white pepper and a sexy high-toned floral element. At once salty and juicy on the palate, savory but not particularly meaty, with a dominant flavor of crushed red cherry complicated by notes of garrigue and truffle. Finishes very long and subtly palate-staining, with terrific floral complexity. This wine struck me as a little darker in character than the No Girls Grenache made by Elizabeth Bourcier at Cayuse. And it's still tightly wound. (13.6% alcohol; vinified with 75% whole clusters; from a crop level of just 1.5 tons per acre)" (VM)

"Very attractive, spicy and sappy whole-bunch aromas with raspberries and wild cherries, as well as a wildflower note. The palate has a smoky, salty edge with a lacy array of tannins that carry long, fresh and sapid. So delicious, very pinot-esque. A blend of 90% grenache and 10% other grape varieties (God only knows). Drink or hold." (JS)

"The 2016 God Only Knows saw a fair amount of stems (60-80%) and was brought up in neutral demi-muids and foudre. It's incredibly complex, offering blackberry, smoked earth, Iberico ham, white pepper, spring flowers, and violets. It's seamless, ultra-pure, medium-bodied, and just glides across the palate and has a Burgundian weight and richness. 535 cases. After a catastrophe with their 2015s due to a cork issue, Cayuse is certainly back on top with these latest 2016s. This is a great vintage for Cayuse and they’ve knocked it out of the park with both their Rhone and Bordeaux variety releases." (JD)

"Insanely aromatic notes of potpourri, raspberry, white pepper, soot, funk and earth are followed by bright, fresh, focused, rich fruit and savory flavors. It shows a sense of delicacy and intensity with unparalleled balance. There is no end to the finish. What makes this Grenache-driven wine so extraordinary? God only knows. Best from 2023–2027. Sean P. Sullivan" (WE)