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2015 The Ramparts

The story

Ramparts are defensive walls built to protect something of great value. In this case, the walls are glass and the treasure Grenache. But even within such confines, and with such treasure, rules can be broken. This wine began in the 2013 vintage as a fun-time collaboration between winemaker Ali and grape grower pal, Damon, who wanted to experiment with Grenache. Their goal? Take beautiful fruit, break all the rules, and see what happens. The result? So good that Vikings would scale the ramparts of Paris for it.

Vintage notes

What began as an experiment has come into its own this vintage. We added further layers of complexity by blending in more Mourvedre and Counoise, and confining it - protecting it - within the cool walls of a concrete tank for three months. The resulting flavors of dark fruit and wet stone are balanced by a light body with bright hints of fresh plum and lilac. Jake proclaims this wine as one of his favorites while Peter puts it more bluntly: “this wine is tasty as hell!” We’re not the only ones who think so -- 2015 Ramparts earned a gold medal in the 2018 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

VITALS :

52% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre, 13% Counoise, 3% Syrah

BIRTHPLACE:

Red Mountain AVA | Red Heaven Vineyard 

PRODUCTION :

486 Cases

ALCOHOL :

14.7%

pH:

3.80

RESIDUAL SUGAR :

0.04g/L

2015 Ramparts Reviews

“Gold medal award winner”

-- 2018 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

“This is a striking “CdP” style blend of 52% Grenache, 32% Mourvèdre, 13% Counoise and 3% Syrah. It shows a deep ruby color and enticing aromas of wild fruits – raspberries, strawberries, black currants – with scents of crushed roses, bayberry, tobacco leaf, lavender and Provençal herbs. On the palate, the wine is deliciously thick and lavish, endowed with licorice, cocoa powder, medium roast coffee and Red Mountain calcareous earth. The sensuousness continues on the back with pressed berries, crème de cassis, framboise liqueur, dried orange peel and graphite, followed by a lingering ripe moderate tannin finish. 19/20 points.”

-- Rand Sealey, Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines

“The 2015 The Ramparts from The Walls winery checks in as a mix of 52% Grenache, 32% Mourvèdre, 13% Counoise, and 3 % Syrah brought up mostly in neutral oak. Kirsch, black cherries, dried flowers, and incense notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, layered, elegant red that has a seamless, silky texture. It's a high-quality Grenache from Washington that will drink nicely for 4-6 years. Enjoy 2018 - 2024. 91 points.”

-- Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
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