Tag: Grenache

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.

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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.

Famille Perrin Côte du Rhône Reserve Rouge 2016, France

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, black currants, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a simple red blend from Southern Rhone. Good right out of the bottle and better a bit chilled. Gets a little bitter as it opens up, with more earth and vegetable notes.

A good everyday wine and good for parties.

A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre.

Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, cheeses and grapes.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

85 points.

$12.

The Grenachista Grenache Rosé Sonoma valley 2018, California

Pale salmon in color with a peach tint.

Fruity nose with strawberries, raspberries, light cherries, citrus, spices, red grapefruits and green apples.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, lemon juice, citrus, grass, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs and spices.

Nice length on the finish with bitter almonds and spices.

This is a refreshing Rosé from Sonoma valley. Nicely balanced with mild complexity. Good by itself or with food. A good wine to have by the pool.

Better when very chilled.

I paired it with cheeses olives and crackers.

13.2% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$24.

Domaine de Verquiere Rasteau AOP 2016 Rhône Valley, France

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

Nice fruity nose with black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, oak, light vanilla, bitter herbs, pencil lead, vegetables, dark chocolates, peppercorn and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cherries, oak, cloves, spices, oak, licorice, earth, vegetables, graphite, bitter herbs, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with medium length and fine tannins.

This 3 year old Côte du Rhône Villages is peaking now. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel, with a great nose.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (1 hour).

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points. Robert Parker 91 points.

Good by itself or with food. An easy drinking red wine. I paired it with light appetizers.

A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$16.

Gérard Bertrand Languedoc Syrah/Grenache 2015, France

To continue my Grenache phase, here is one from France.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, red currants, cherries, oak, cloves, raspberries, spices, light wood, earth, light barnyard, wet leaves, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, currants, oak, licorice, peppercorn, spices, green vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, graphites, bitter herbs, black tea and earth.

Medium minus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice and earthy Grenache/Syrah blend. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with game meats.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins. Spicy and engaging.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

14% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$17.