No Girls Double Lucky #8 Red Wine 2020, Walla Walla Valley, Washington

No Girls celebrates the belief that empowered women create empowered wine – and champions the many talented and independent women of this profession and beyond. The wines are crafted by Elizabeth Bourcier, Resident Vigneronne for Cayuse Vineyards. After co-producing the first vintage with Cayuse Vigneronne Christophe Baron in 2008, she has had carte blanche on all aspects of the wine creation for the 2011 vintage and beyond. The grapes come from the La Paciencia vineyard, which means patience in Spanish. The tightly spaced vines, planted on an angle in the Stones of the Walla Walla Valley, give No Girls a personality all its own, and the wines are focused and pure. This wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Tempranillo that is aged for 21 months in neutral French oak barrels. Notes of crushed boysenberry, black cherry candy, smoked brisket, cracked peppercorn, and dried rose pop from the glass. Tannins are very well integrated into this savory and meaty effort.