Category: California Grenache

Dusty Nabor Wines Spear Vineyards Grenache 2018 Santa Rita Hills, California

Light reddish in color with a wide pinkish hue.

Funky nose of cherries, strawberries, barnyard, vegetables, river rocks and spices.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, spices, licorice, peppercorn and earth.

Medium on the finish with soft tannins and red chili pepper.

This is an easy drinking Grenache from Santa Rita Hills in California. A good everyday wine. Spicy, yet light.

Good by itself or with food. Might be a good idea to give it a light chill, and have it by the porch on a warm day.

Needs an hour to open up properly, and much better on the palate after 90 minutes of airtime.

This is not a typical California Grenache. Feels similar to a South American Pinot Noir. Definitely an interesting wine.

Would be interesting to see how it evolves in the next 5 to 7 years.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$33.

Dusty Nabor Wines Paso Robles Grenache 2017, California

A pretty color of light red, much like a Pinot Noir.

Fruity nose of sweet strawberries, cherries, raspberries, light wood, spices and peppercorn.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, red currants, wood, spices, light vanilla, light vegetables, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine tannins and spices.

This is a light and engaging Grenache from Paso Robles. Easy drinking with a soft and spicy mouthfeel. Shows mild complexity and nicely balanced.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes), and shows the tannins.

Doesn’t really show the high alcohol, which I liked. After an hour of airtime it is spicier and feels bigger, so i would suggest waiting with it.

I paired it with cheeses, nuts and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$12.

Orin Swift Cellars Abstract 2017, California

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, chocolates, tobacco, cola, espresso, spice box, cinnamon, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, spices, earth, vanilla, licorice, cloves, light vegetables, alcohol, cola, cinnamon and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a wonderful Grenache blend from the house of Orin Swift. Fruity, big, rich, spicy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (1 hour). After 3 hours in the decanter, the nose really opened up, so be patient with this young wine.

Needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly.

Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine by the porch or with friends.

I paired it with a nice, juicy burger.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Aged in French oak barrels for 8 months (30% new).

15.1% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$35.

CR Greybehl Wine Company The Grenachista Grenache Noir Mendocino County Alder Springs Vineyard 2016 California

Dark ruby in color with a wide cloudy reddish/ brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, bing cherries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, black pepper, vegetables, earth, leather and herbs.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, vegetables, earth, wet leaves, peppercorn, green herbs, mint and tobacco.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is an interesting Grenache from Mendocino County. This Single Vineyard is showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nicely balanced.

Easy drinking right out of the bottle and gets complexity as it opens up.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly, and really changed from bottle opening, so take your time.

Smells like an Oregon Pinot Noir (after 3 hours of airtime), but really different on the palate.

A very interesting wine to share with friends and talk about. Tangy, spicy and little bitter on the ending.

I’ve had other Grenaches from this Winery, and each one is somewhat different, which is nice.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Grapes are grown at 2,400 feet elevation and aged for two years in used French Oak barrels.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$46.

Lightning Wines California Grenache 2015, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose cherries, raspberries, strawberries, light oak, licorice, spices, light vegetables, earth and pencil lead.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with red currants, cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, smoke, vegetables, earth, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs and black pepper.

Spicy and tangy finish with soft tannins and bitter herbs.

This is an easy drinking and elegant Grenache from California. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and spicy with nicely integrated alcohol.

A good everyday wine to pair with food or to sip on by the porch. Nicer with a light chill.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins ( 30 minutes). After 90 minutes, it gets even better, so be patient.

A very small production, only 10 barrels produced.

I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 Points

$32.

The Grenachista Dry Creek Valley Vineyard Grenache Noir 2016, Sonoma County, California

Beautiful color of dark ruby with a wide reddish rim.

Strong and fruity nose with black currants, black plums, wild flowers, cherries, oak, spices, licorice, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon, earth, light alcohol, peppercorn and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, earth, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium plus in length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very enjoyable Single Vineyard Grenache from Sonoma County. Spicy and easy drinking with nice complexity.

Fruit forward and enjoyable by itself or with food. A good wine to enjoy with friends by the porch.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime, when the complexity shows up.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$38.

CR Greybehl Wine Company The Grenachista Sonoma Valley Grenache Noir 2016, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, sweet strawberries, raspberries, wood, spices, earth, light vanilla, tobacco, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet strawberries, wood, vanilla, cloves, herbs, earth, tobacco, coffee, light vegetables, chocolates, peppercorn and spices.

Medium plus in length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Grenache from Sonoma valley. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows the tannins (60 minutes).

Tastes like a good quality Côte du Rhône red. Spicy and fruit forward.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and cured meats.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$38.

Crux Winery GSM Red Blend 2014 Russian River Valley, California

Deep ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, earth, vanilla, wood, licorice, vegetables, pencil lead, wet leaves, black tea, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, black plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, herbs, vegetables, spices, peppercorn, tobacco, dark chocolates, beef jerky, earth and cola.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very enjoyable Rhone blend from Russian River Valley in California. Spicy and fruity with lots of earth notes that makes it interesting.

Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Feels like a blend of Old and New World wine, which is always engaging and pleasant to drink.

Drinking very nicely now, as a five-year-old, and will age nicely in the next 5 years. I really enjoyed the tangy ending.

Good by itself or with food, and needs an hour to open up properly.
After 2 hours of airtime, the nose really opened up and it was so nice to smell on it for a while.

A blend of 58% Grenache 22% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah and 2% Petite Sirah. A small production of only 315 cases produced.

I paired it with Brie cheese and roasted almonds.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$46.

Elizabeth Spencer Wines Special Cuvée Grenache 2015 Mendocino County, California

Light ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, wood, licorice, light barnyard, milk chocolates, tobacco and black pepper.

Light to medium in body and smooth, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, raspberries, black currants, oak, licorice, vanilla, spices, pencil lead, leather, earth, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice surprise. I expected a big wine but this was gentle with a great mouthfeel, nice complexity and balance. Reminds me of new world Pinot Noir. Very fruity.
This is not my usual drinker, but I really enjoyed it.

Needed an hour to open up properly and show some tannins, and that wonderful nose. Became bitter after a couple of hours, which I didn’t like.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$30.