40% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah 2017
Columbia Valley, Washington, $19.99
Riley Miller is a Washington native who studied viticulture and enology at WSU and then spent several years traveling and working in wine regions such as Australia, New Zealand, Sonoma, and the Willamette Valley before coming back to Washington to begin crafting Sonder. He aims to make lo-fi, minimal intervention, easy-drinking Rhone varieties. All of their wines are fermented with native yeasts, with no other additives other than a smudge of sulfur going into the bottling. As a result, the wines that they make are the wines that they also love to drink. They’re bright, playful, juicy, and most importantly, delicious.
In the world of wine, the acronym “GSM” is a short-hand reference for a red wine blended from Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Usually, such wines are from the Rhône valley in the South of France, where blended wines are the norm. This GSM wine offers bright fruit, extroverted aromas of ripe fruit, dried sage and herbs, and a grippy, pepper-and-herb finish that echoes the wines’ aroma. The perfect wine to start off the summer BBQ season with.
The 2017 is a blend of 40% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 40% Mourvedre.