Tag: Grenache

RBJ Vintners VOX Populi 2001 Barossa Valley, South Australia

To support Australia, we are drinking a nicely aged one from South Australia.

Pretty color of light ruby with a wide reddish rim.

Showing black and red fruits with earth, light vegetables, tobacco, spices and peppercorn.

Dry on the palate with medium acidity.

Medium bodied with a tangy finish and no tannins at this point.

This 19 year old Grenache blend is drinking very nicely now. Nice and easy drinking, but not as complex as I expected it to be. Still, very enjoyable to drink a piece of history.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with light appetizers.

12% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

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.

Château Clos st Michel cuvee Reservee Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015, France

Ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Nose of bing cherries, blueberries, wood, earth, vanilla, coffee, wet leaves, herbs, earth, vegetables, graphite and spices.

Dry and tangy on the mid palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, bitter herbs, black tea, earth, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, wood, wet leaves and bitter vegetables.

Medium finish with soft tannins and peppercorn.

This is a nice Châteauneuf-du-Pape from a great vintage. Would benefit from another 5 to 10 years of bottle time. Spicy and tangy with a lighter mouthfeel than I expected.

Not fully balanced yet, but enjoyable already. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

I paired it with meats, cheeses and olives.

A blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$50.

Massaya Vineyards Bekaa Valley Le Colombier 2017, Lebanon

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

Nose of cherries, black currants, oak, licorice, spices, wet leaves, earth, herbs, green vegetables, graphite and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, black currants, plums, vanilla, licorice, oak, earth, light vegetables, tobacco, dark chocolates, herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A nice red blend from Lebanon. Fruit forward right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up.

Good by itself or with food. A good everyday wine to sip on. I paired it with a vegetarian burger and fries.

A blend of 35% Grenache, 35% Cinsault and 30% Tempranillo. Grapes are grown at around 3,000 feet elevation.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$18.

Château Signac Côtes du Rhône Pliocène 2018, France

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

Strong nose of blueberries, black currants, licorice, light oak, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, vegetables, barnyard, spices, tobacco, chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, bitter herbs, spices, chocolates, tobacco, green vegetables, earth and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is an easy drinking Grenache blend from Côtes du Rhône in France.

Showing mild complexity with a nice and spicy mouthfeel.

A good everyday wine. Pop and pour kind of wine and good right out of the bottle.

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

A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$16.

Jack Simon Vineyards Rosado Composition One 2018, San Diego County, California

Pale salmon in color.

Light nose of citrus, red apples, melons, and white pepper. Nice and elegant.

Light to medium in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, apples, raspberries, light grapefruits and spices.

Nice length on the finish with black pepper.

This is a very easy drinking and enjoyable Rosé from San Diego County, California.

Nicely balanced and not bitter on the ending at all, which I really liked. Crisp and refreshing with a tangy finish. This is a nice surprise.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 50% Carignan, 30% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$21.