Joe Swick, who’s wines we’ve been championing for the last couple of years, has shown himself to be one of the state’s most innovative young winemakers. His pinots are terrific, but I feel his whites have been some of his most exciting wines. With his just-released 2016 Grenache Blanc, he may have just provided us with perhaps his best wine yet. This is an astonishingly good wine, with an electric vibrancy and freshness to its fruit. Made from an obscure white grape, originally planted in SW France and Spain, that has somehow made its way to a high elevation vineyard outside of Yakima in the Columbia Valley. This site, with its cool evenings that balance the hot daytime temps, has provided Joe with beautifully balanced grapes and a very moderate 12.5% alcohol. The fabulous aromas and flavors of peach, apple, wet stone, lime zest, fresh flowers, and spice are captivating and intense, with lovely texture and length. The finish is fresh and captivating, with bolts of acidity giving it mouth-watering lift. A remarkably adept food wine and a knockout northwest white with tremendous levels of sheer appeal, it is a wine you absolutely need to experience!