2013 Grand Ciel Cab & Syrah Set
Our Grand Ciel Set includes one bottle each of our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Syrah from our Grand Ciel estate vineyard on Red Mountain.
We are convinced the quantum quality leap for artisan Washington State wines is in the vineyard. Standing on our founding fathers’ broad shoulders, we can now construct vineyard systems to enhance not only the region’s terroir, but also single AVAs, vineyards and even a few chosen rows if unique detail is desired. With concentration of fruit, even ripening and authenticity as our goals, we have looked at everything from clones to trellis systems with the paramount commitment of fine-tuning our Grand Ciel Vineyard.
Every detail has been designed to produce the highest quality fruit from the unique climate and soil of Red Mountain. Our rigorous selection process only permits a small portion of grapes to become part of the Grand Ciel wines. The results are wines of deep concentration with beautiful proportion and extended complexity.
2013 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2013 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon is an amazing combination of concentration, power and refinement. There is a full array of fruit characteristics including massive blackberries, blueberries, huckleberries, cassis and jam. The mouthfeel is unmatched with notes of coffee, toffee, black pepper, pie dough, cumin, fennel and a touch of leather that melts into the complex fruit flavors. The oak and fruit integration is impeccable and seamless with a powerful yet elegant finish. Truly a gorgeous wine.
Review by Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com #225
"A spitting image of a top Pauillac, the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Grand Ciel comes from one of the top terroirs in the state, the Grand Ciel Vineyard on Red Mountain. Aged all in new French oak, its offers sensational notes of lead pencil shavings, black currants, campfire, graphite and crushed flowers. Full-bodied, seamless and incredibly elegant, yet with serious density and power, it's surprisingly approachable given its polished tannin and overall balance, yet I've no doubt it will have 2-3 decades of overall longevity."
2013 GRAND CIEL SYRAH
The 2013 vintage has an expansive nose of blue fruits, blackberries, violets, cherry blossoms, vanilla mint and citrus oil followed by mineral and garrigue (i.e., wild, fragrant herbs) characters. A glass-staining black purple color reinforces the aromas. As always there is a generosity of flavors that include lush brambleberries, blackberries, cherries, orange spice, black pepper and cumin. 2013 proves to be a ripe and powerful vintage as is evident in this release of Grand Ciel Syrah.
Review by Jeb Dunnuck
RobertParker.com, #225 (Mar 2016)
"A stunner in the vintage is the 2013 Doyenne Syrah Grand Ciel Vineyard. From one of the top sites in
Red Mountain, it sports a deep purple color to go with sumptuous notes of black and blue fruits,
graphite, violets and crushed flowers. Rich, full-bodied and concentrated, yet also elegant, balanced
and pure, it has no hard edges, sweet tannin and a great finish. It's beautiful today with a decant, but
will have 10-15 years of overall longevity."