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Smockshop Lunasa 2016

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This is a selection of Grenache and Syrah barrels that is particularly fragrant. They are aged separately for the first year and then racked together into larger format barrels for an additional year of aging. The percentage of Grenache has varied from 55-70% depending on the vintage, but regardless of % tends to dominate the color, texture and flavor of the blend.

"Lunasa is named after the Irish harvest festival. The wine sat placidly in the fermenter, formless, without texture and aroma. It indicated nothing to reveal its identity, to allude to the view of the Columbia and the memory of the sound of the falls surrounding fisherman on the rocks, the basalt cliffs that rise from the train tracks to reveal sand dunes and a spring fed pond where trout take shelter from the dessert heat in the cool depths, the braying of donkeys keeping the coyotes at bay and the feeling that this place is both the beginning and the end.

We waited. Finally, after about 70 days, quietly bubbling away in the vat, the aromas emerged - the scents of the northwest desert: sage honey and a haunting, smoky, botanical essence framed by roses. These aromas came with a wall of tannin and so we waited. 22 months later they have melted and can just be felt at the periphery of the swell of aroma and sweetness. Lunasa is about 45% Syrah 55% Grenache. 45 Cases Produced." -Nate Ready, MS