What’s a Great Grenache?

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Richard Jennings
Which one?
My fave Grenache-based Châteauneuf-du-Pape—the home of the best Grenaches on the planet—is the 1990 M. Chapoutier Barbe Rac: Cloudy, bricking, dark red violet color with cherry red meniscus; very sexy, bacon fat, pepper nose; gorgeous, bacon fat, tart red fruit, mineral palate; long finish 97 points
The best domestic Grenache I’ve tasted is 2006 Sine Qua Non Grenache Raven Series: Dark red violet color; roasted black fruit, hickory smoke nose; intense, roasted black fruit, tar, smoke, incipient bacon fat, light pepper palate; medium-plus finish (92% Grenache, 8% Syrah; 16.3% alcohol) 93+ points
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