Columbia Valley, Washington
James Suckling 93 points!
Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Head Winemaker Bob Bertheau and his Washington team, along with Rhone valley collaborators, winemaker Michel Gassier and enology consultant Philippe Cambie, have combined their experience to produce two wines: Tenet GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) and The Pundit Syrah. Philippe and Michel provide expertise and use local techniques honed through centuries of experience with Rhone grapes in their birthplace, while the Chateau Ste. Michelle team provides expert knowledge of Washington fruit and the best in modern winemaking techniques. The combination of the two approaches produces wines that are balanced and vibrant and have a true sense of place. The goal is to break the old paradigms and have people look at Syrah and other Rhone varieties in a new light, leaving old prejudices behind. They share the strong belief (or “tenet”) that Syrah and its Rhone brethren can thrive in the Columbia Valley. In addition, Gassier has crafted a companion wine, Le Fervent, from the Costieres de Nimes AOC of the Rhone Valley. Offering wines from both regions, the aim is to show their respective character and their common excellence.
"A very fine-grained and fruity red with dark berries, cherries, dark plums. Medium- to full-bodied, refined, long and polished. Shows reserve and harmony. Drink now.."--James Suckling, 93 points. May/2018