Where Syrah can be difficult, savory and strong, Grenache tends towards the fruitier side of things. It's all strawberried, and rolled in flowers, herbs and sunshine.
To be honest, I have long held that Grenache is not a Nobel grape. It is instead a workhorse, wonderful for producing fruity, friendly, quaffable wines. In blends, such as with Chateauneuf du Pape and many New World blends, Grenache does supply a lovely base for richness and complexity. Even then, the wines rarely rise to a level that truly excites me.
There were a number of wines from this selection that I found attractive, but at what price? Some of the less expensive Grenache-based wines both from this selection as well as the lesser priced offering I reviewed last week ring my bell at least as loudly as the premium priced bottlings.
Ultimately, wine is so personal that each person has to make their own value judgments. There are some great wines here that I'm sure many of you will appreciate, but I find myself still wanting something more, and sometimes less!
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