2010 BYZANCEWine Match Special Selection

58% Grenache Blend
Brian Carter Cellars

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $34.00
club price: $28.90
available:None
cases:728
formats: 750mL
released:Jul 31, 2014
date profiled:May 20, 2015
region:Columbia Valley
AVA:Wahluke Slope,Yakima V ... Wahluke Slope,Yakima Valley
vineyards:Various
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:25.1°
alcohol:14.2%
fined:Yes
filtered:No
oak type:75% French |25% Hungar ... 75% French |25% Hungarian  
oak barrels:20% New  
oak aging: 22 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
grenache 25% Yakima Valley
grenache 17% Wahluke Slope
grenache 16% Yakima Valley
syrah/shiraz 15% Wahluke Slope
mourvedre 13% Wahluke Slope
more... mourvedre 5% Columbia Valley
counoise 4% Yakima Valley
syrah/shiraz 3% Yakima Valley
cinsault 2% Columbia Valley
 
low sulfite wine
Winemaker Brian Carter Notes
When coming up with the original blends at Brian Carter Cellars a decade ago, I had two criteria: inspiration from a region of the world that produces splendid blended wines and an ability to make great wine here in Washington that reflected the classic nature of those blends. No wine, no region inspired me more than the Chateauneuf du Pape and the terroir of Washington was already giving me wonderful Syrah and some intrigue for the variety Grenache. Little did I know how these humble beginnings would translate into the Byzance we have today. The fruit we are getting out of the Grenache with its ripe cherry character has exceeded my wildest expectations. The incredibly important addition of Mourvedre with its spice and structure, and mo ...more... re recently the notes of Counoise and Cinsault have resulted in a wine exceeding my expectations by logarithmic quotients. Drink this wine blind with a bottle of Chateauneuf. Send me a note and tell me what you think.
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