No Girls Double Lucky Eight 2017
A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Tempranillo. No Girls was originally founded as a collaboration between Cayuse Vineyards’ owner and vigneron Christophe Baron and general manager Trevor Dorland. Today, the wines are crafted by Elizabeth Bourcier, Assistant Vigneronne for Cayuse Vineyards. After co-producing the first vintage with Cayuse Vigneronne Christophe Baron in 2008, she has had a carte blanche on all aspects of the wine creation for the 2011 vintage and beyond. Since the No Girls Project was launched, the wines have earned routinely high accolades. The name No Girls represents an appreciative nod to the 1950s and 60s—one of Walla Walla’s richest and most colorful eras. It’s a celebration of the regions' history, with very specific roots in one of Walla Walla's most storied bars, but also about how times have changed. The grapes come from the Cayuse La Paciencia vineyard, which means patience—appropriate since the project was ten years in the making. The vines are tightly spaced and planted on an angle, giving No Girls a personality all its own, and the wines are focused and pure. These are food-friendly creations that eloquently express the rocky terroir from which they spring. Double Lucky Eight is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Tempranillo mostly from younger vines and is a superb value. The wine is filled with blood orange, sour cherries, white pepper, and dates, yet the freshness is exceedingly good and keeps everything in balance. This wine is remarkably easy to drink and a great intro to the style of Cayuse, a cult winery.