Tag: Grenache

Galil Mountain Winery Ela 2014, Israel

This 7 year old red blend from Israel is very unique. Over the hill by now, by still very drinkable.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing blueberries, sweet cherries, light chocolates, light oak, spices, vinaigrette, mold, light linoleum and black pepper.

Short finish with very soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This was not meant to be had as a 7 year old, but nice to try. Drinks like a much older wine.

Lasted for about 90 minutes. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 61% Barbera, 5% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Grenache. Aged for 12 months in French Oak barrels. Grapes are grown in the upper Galilee region. Kosher.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$18.

Xavier Vignon Ange Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2001, France

Ruby in color with a wide red rim.

Nose of blueberries, plums, light wood, spices, coffee, nail polish remover, tobacco, earth, light wet leaves, herbs and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, light wood, earth, vinaigrette, tobacco, bitter herbs, spices, vegetables, dark coffee and black pepper.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty and nicely aged Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Elegant and smooth.

Good by itself or with food and a little stinky on the nose. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the complexity.

Thank you Scott for sharing.

Great all by itself. Yummy and interesting.

This unique wine was held in oak barrels until 2010, at which point it was blended. Bottled only in 2019.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$100.

Les Allies Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016, France


Ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, sweet cherries, currants, oak, light vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, black tea and wet leaves.

This is a tasty Grenache blend from Southern Rhone. Well balanced with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

This 5 year old, from one of the better vintages in the last 20 years, is still young and would be better in 5 years, but already drinking very nicely.

Wine Enthusiasts 91 points.

Showing a pretty nose of wild flowers with earth notes. Fruityer on the palate and very juicy.

A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.

The Wine Spies Enigma Rosé of Grenache 2019, Santa Barbara, California


A pretty color of light salmon with a peachy hue.

Fruity and flowery nose of raspberries, limes, green apples, light grapefruits, earth, minerals and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, citrus, raspberries, green apples, grapefruits, herbs and sea salt.

Tangy finish with spices and limes.

This is a very enjoyable Rosé from Santa Barbara in California. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Shows nice complexity, and good by itself or with food. Easy drinking and good for parties. A good pool wine too.

A nice summer wine. This is dangerously good as it’s very easy to finish the bottle all by yourself 😃

Tangy and interesting. Not bitter nor tart which I liked. Refreshing when properly chilled.

I had it all by itself by the pool.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Clos Saint Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Rouge 2012 Rhône, France



Dark ruby in color with a wide ruby rim.

Strong nose of black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, peppercorn, chocolates, graphite, dark coffee, vinaigrette, vanilla, oak, light mold, black tea, bitter herbs and spices.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, cloves, spices, smoke, graphite, tobacco leaf, bitter herbs, black tea, coffee, river rocks and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries..

This is a great GSM blend from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

This 9 year old needs 2 hours to open up properly, and wasn’t good right out of the bottle. I had this vintage six years ago, and boy did it change. Drinking very nicely now. Delicious actually.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables and fresh grapes.

A blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$50 (current vintage).

Famille Perrin Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2010, France




Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, cooked plums, raisins, dried figs, tobacco, oak, light vanilla, spices, peppercorn, chocolates and earth.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, earth, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, coffee, peppercorn and pencil lead.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious GSM blend from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Showing great complexity with a great mouthfeel. Rich and elegant.

This 11 year old from the great 2010 vintage is so tasty and delicious now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Robert Parker 95 points. Wine Enthusiasts 96 points.

Needs 4 hours to open up properly, and show the tannins and complexity, so be patient.

I’ve had multiple vintages of this wine, and it is always a treat.

I paired it with dried meats and cheeses.

A blend of mostly Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah with other appellation varietals.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$125.

Fall Creek Vineyards Grenache Rosé 2020, Texas



Happy National Rosé day!

Very light salmon in color, almost see-through.

Pretty strong fruity nose with yellow apples, peaches, citrus and spices.

Medium plus in body, buttery and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, green apples, grapefruits, spices and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes.

This is a really nice Rosé from Texas. Easy drinking and nicely balanced, with a nice mouthfeel.

A great wine to have all by itself or by the pool. Not bitter, which I really liked.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

100% Grenache grapes are grown on clay and limestone soils.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.

Notre Vue Estate Winery GSM 2019, Chalk Hill, California



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

Fruity nose of black plums, black cherries, herbs, currants, earth, light barnyard, spices, light alcohol and crushed peppercorn.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cherries, spices, licorice, tobacco leaf, dark coffee, peppercorn, earth and black tea.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins, tangy raspberries and chili pepper.

This is a very tasty GSM blend from Chalk Hill. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Rich and elegant.

Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. However, it is dangerously good at this point. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Spicy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle, and shows more complexity as it opens up (45 minutes).

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

A blend of 51% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 29% Mourvedre.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$70.

Fall Creek Vineyards Salt Lick Vineyards Terroir Reflection GSM 2017, Texas



Say hello to my first Texan wine.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Gorgeous nose of blueberries, cooked plums, violets, light oak, vanilla, wildflowers, light herbs, spices, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vinaigrette, coffee, light oak, vanilla, earth, licorice, spices and black pepper.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and peppercorn.

This is a nice surprise. This GSM blend is drinking very nicely now. Showing a great nose with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting. Soft and rich.

Good right out of the bottle and a good wine to have all by itself, or with food. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Spicy, fruit forward and interesting. A nice porch wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 60% Mourvedre, 36% Syrah and 4% Grenache. Aged in French and American oak barrels for 18 months.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$50.

Notre Vue Estate Winery Sparkling Rosé 2019, Chalk Hill, California


Pretty color of light orange.

Nose of earth, light strawberries, citrus, limes, grapefruits, light peaches, spices, river rocks and herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium size bubbles, and medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, spices, herbs, green apples, red grapefruits, limes and spices.

Medium plus on the finish with limes.

This is a very enjoyable Vintage Sparkling wine from Chalk Hill. A very nice GSM blend. Nicely balanced and refreshing.

Shows nice balance between the fruits and earth notes, although earthier than I expected. Showing mild complexity, tangy and refreshing.

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

I paired it with caviar, cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 52% Syrah, 32% Grenache and 16% Mourvedre. A very small production of only 180 cases.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$45.