Bunchgrass Triolet 2009
Date Tasted: 4/11/13
Price: Suggested Retail is $28.00
From The Winery: 14.3% alcohol. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon (Dwelley Vineyard), 27% Cabernet Franc (Dwelley Vineyard), 6% Petit Verdot (Frazier Bluff Vineyard). Walla Walla Valley AVA. 175 cases produced.
Notes/Impressions: Bunchgrass Winery was founded in 1997 as the 11th bonded winery in Walla Walla, Washington. There website displays a catchy slogan – “Few Cases, Many Fans.” Production may be small at just 600 cases, but Bunchgrass has a strong reputation. The 2009 Triolet is the first Bunchgrass wine that I’ve tasted. There’s a regal quality to this Cab-dominated (Sauvignon and Franc) blend. It presents with a dark, inky purple color. The nose shows off a wide spectrum of aromas, particularly brambly blackberry, bell pepper, bay leaf, chalky mineral, and asphalt. It’s smooth and supple on the palate, with a medium plus body and the slightest of heat on the finish. A seamless and delicious blend that’s priced nicely at $28.00.
Rating: Highly Recommended (90), 4/5 Value