2017 B.Leighton Gratitude - 1.5L

$110.00

Black plum, earth and floral notes pop out at first note expressing beautiful and inviting beginnings. Charred herbs and rare meat continue to make the sip an enticing desire. Bold and gobsmacking. Oh Lordy be, this a wine of pleasure and gall. I thank you. —Brennon

Current & Past Scores

96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

“A cuvée made for winemaker Brennen Leighton’s wife and a field blend of 70% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, and 5% Syrah, the 2017 Gratitude ranks with the finest Mourvèdres to come from the state. Awesome notes of black raspberry liqueur, incense, ground pepper, and forest floor give way to a medium to full-bodied, ripe, powerful yet weightless 2017 that does everything right. It’s already just about impossible to resist, yet my money is on it evolving for a solid decade.”

96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) (v2016)

“The Mourvèdre-dominated 2016 Gratitude Blend (there’s 25% Grenache and 5%Syrah) is a flat-out awesome wine as well as possibly the greatest expression of the variety to come out of Washington State. Beautiful notes of black and blue fruits, dried earth, peppery spice, and loads of floral and rose petal notes all flow to a full-bodied red that has an incredible sense of elegance and purity as well as richness and depth. It’s great today and will be great in a decade.”

96 Points, James Suckling (v2016)

“The nose has an array of ripe raspberries with deeper layers of blueberries and pastry that follow to the palate. It’s an open book, in terms of delivering such attractive fruit, and it holds long and pure into the finish. There’s deceptive complexity inherent in this blend. From the Olsen Brothers Vineyard, planted to the same percentages and made as a field blend. The Chateauneuf killer! A blend of 70% mourvedre, 25% grenache and 5% syrah.”

Vineyard

The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.

Olsen Brothers (100%): Olsen Brothers is located on the Northwest bend of the YakimaRiver as it turns North at Red Mountain. The elevation averages about 1,000 feet and the soils are sandy with broken basalt.

Vintage

Vintage 2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for heathy vines. The moderate temperatures during summer were perfect for small clusters and yet delayed veraison into the fall where we had a consistent ripening season that allowed us to hang the fruit for perfect tannin and flavor without losing acidity or acquiring too much alcohol. Overall it was a vintage to remember.

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