Just about everything regarding this wine is different. First of all, it comes from Oregon. Many great wines do, but this is the first Grenache we've seen from here. That's because Oregon is really two different wine regions.
Northern Oregon is very cool and, thus, the perfect area for their incredible Pinot Noirs and Pinot Gris. But, the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon is very warm, so Grenache is a natural here.
The French love to think they invented everything. From food and wine to perfume, fashion and everything else that's good. But the Grenache grape, though claimed by the French for centuries, is actually of Spanish origin. There, it is known as Garnacha, and adorns many of the great Spanish wines.
This wine is nothing short of a revelation. Obviously, the fact that it's from Oregon is surprising. But then we come to find out that the wine was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, 30% of which were new. Even the French don't do that!
Evidently, the Folin family, owners of the winery and estate vineyards, have been practicing at this. They've clearly nailed down the best process.
The result is staggering. There is so much going on in this wine, one wonders where to start. At first you are hit with the ripe currant and strawberries, and then the huge spice notes and a wave of vanilla, plum and rose petals. The finish is a total knockout, leaving you lingering for more.