Tag: Grenache

Les Producteurs Reunis Vinsobres Côtes du Rhône 1978, France

Ruby in color with a brick rim and medium intensity.

Nose of black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, oak, light vanilla, earth, vegetables, wet leaves, spices, tobacco leaf, black tea, barnyard, black pepper and light bell pepper.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, barnyard, green vegetables, herbs, chocolates, wood, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather and smoke.

Short finish with no tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a nicely aged Côtes du Rhône. Showing great complexity and a soft mouthfeel. Not fully balanced any longer, but still very drinkable. I didn’t expect it to be where it was. What a nice surprise.

Drinking this 41 year old is a great experience. I kept smelling on it for a long time.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with light appetizers.

13% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

Jack Simon Vineyards Grenache Rosado 2018 San Diego County, California

Light salmon in color with a peachy hue.

On the nose, raspberries, strawberries, limes, grapefruits, minerals and sea salt.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, light raspberries, light spices and white pepper.

Nice length on the finish with limes and bitter almonds.

This is a nice Rosé from San Diego County in California. This is a new region for me. Never had wines from here.

This Single Vineyard Rosé is good by itself and better with food. A nice summer wine. Crisp and refreshing with nice balance.

Feels more like a French Rosé, rather than a new world one. A good quality wine.

I paired it with Brie cheese and roasted almonds.

Made with 100% Grenache grapes.

12.6% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$26.

Domaine de la Grange Neuve Côte du Rhône Rasteau Rouge 1979, Southern Rhône, France

This is an old and stinky Syrah blend from Côte du Rhône.

Beautiful color of light ruby with a wide brick rim.

Light on the nose and stronger on the palate.

Very dry on the palate with plums, currants, licorice, light oak, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and dark chocolates.

Long finish with no tannins at all at this point.

This 40 year old Côte du Rhône is still drinking very nicely. Such a nice surprise. Showing great complexity.

I’ve never had such an old Côte du Rhône, and this is a very interesting experience.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show the complexity.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of dried meats.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

Crux Winery Russian River Valley GSM 2014 Sonoma County, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, cloves, coffee, chocolates, peppercorn, tobacco, leaf earth, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, vegetables, vanilla, earth, tobacco, spices, coffee, cola, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with soft tannins and tangy strawberries.

This is a very nice GSM blend from California.

Balanced and tangy with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy with enough fruits for the earthy notes.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes).

A blend of 58% Grenache 22% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah and 2% Petite Sirah.

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

14.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$46.

The Grenachista Alder Springs Vineyard Grenache Noir Mendocino County 2016, California

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

Fruity nose with blueberries, black cherries, sweet strawberries, wood, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, chocolates, dust, pencil lead, alcohol and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, vanilla, licorice, spices, oak, wet leaves, herbs, light vegetables, dark coffee, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Grenache from Mendocino County. Easy drinking with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Lighter than I expected. Drinks very much like a good quality Côtes du Rhone.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up, and shows some structure and complexity.

This single Vineyard is showing more red fruits than their Dry Creek Valley Grenache.

A good wine to pair with food or just to sip on by itself. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$48.

Crux Winery Grenache Blanc 2016, Sonoma County, California

This is a very nice Grenache Blanc from Russian River Valley. Showing citrus, green apples, grapefruits, gooseberry, white flowers and bitter herbs on the finish.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing with an airy feeling.

Tastes like a new world Sauvignon Blanc. A Good quality wine with nice complexity and balance.

A good food wine and very enjoyable by itself, too.

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

A blend of 90% Grenache Blanc and 10% Viognier. A very small production of only 102 cases.

13.3% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$30.

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.