Sparkman - Wonderland Grenache - Columbia Valley
Overview: We (Kelly, Mom/President/Founding Winemaker and Chris Sparkman, Dad/President/Founding Winemaker) launched Sparkman Cellars in Woodinville, Washington in 2004 to focus on our family. In Year One we made one baby girl, 12 barrels of wine (289 cases) and three labels in a tiny warehouse. In Year Three we made another baby girl, opened our first tasting room, made 1425 cases of wine and eight labels. We have now grown our annual production to over 12,000 cases in our shiny new winery, tasting room and event hall at the old Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. The babies are now in high school. We remain a family owned and operated winery committed to making wines that are considered among the finest in the world.
Wonderland was first produced in 2010 as a wine club only limited release andwas named at our family dinner table during a period when the girls were both part of a theatre production of Alice in Wonderland. Seemed just right.
Tasting Notes: The aromas fascinate, with notes of gravel, green herb and cigar box. The palate mixes fruit and savory flavors. It hasn't fully settled in yet but has all of the stuffing.
Pairing: Barbecue, which is a noun, or wild mushroom cassoulet.
Points: 91, Wine Enthusiast
Format/ABV: 750 ml/14.5%
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