No Girls Wines is a partnership between famed Cayuse vigneron Christophe Baron and longtime friend and Cayuse general manager, Trevor Dorland. The fruit comes from the Cayuse La Paciencia vineyard, which means patience—appropriate as the project was ten years in the making. The vines are tightly spaced and planted on an angle, giving No Girls a profile all its own.
The name No Girls comes from a mid-19th century building Christophe purchased. Just past the main entrance, at the top of a flight of stairs, the words “no girls” were painted on the wall. The decades old sign was a symbol that this house of ill repute had been shut down. The wine label is an actual photograph.
You could literally spend an entire evening smelling this wine. Cherries, tar, grilled meats and Herbs de Provence on the nose. Very silky mouthfeel with cherries, raspberries, salumi, olives, spice and crushed stone. The acidity on this wine is exceptional. The finish is exquisite. The wine is tremendous now, and should age beautifully for up to a decade.
I hesitate to compare this wine to Cayuse, but the similarity to the God Only Knows Grenache is unmistakeable.
My rating: 95 points, with upside potential in a year or so
The wine is already unobtainable unless you saw the initial release email in the first 90 seconds. Sign up for the waiting list. Be patient.
If you enjoyed this post please consider subscribing to Zinfandel Chronicles updates by email.