Grenache

(aka. Grenache Noir, Garnacha, Cannonau, Lladoner, Tinto Aragones, Alicante)

Traditionally in California, Grenache has mostly been planted in the warm Central Valley, to produce fruity, quaffable reds and pinks. But the emergence of Rhône blends, enthusiastically promoted by a band of winemakers known as the ‘Rhone Rangers’, has sparked an increase in plantings of Grenache in more esteemed California viticultural zones. Significant acreage of this grape is found in Santa Barbara and Monterey counties. Grenache’s ability to produce in warm climates has made it a workhorse varietal not only in California, but also in the warmth of South Australia and South Africa. Grenache-based wines tend to be high in alcohol, with attractive fruit qualities in youth. Grenache’s sweet berry character, makes it a successful candidate for rosé wines, the most famous coming from the southern French appellations of Tavel and Lirac. This hairy-leafed vine produces grapes naturally low in tannin and in color Read more »

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  • Altovinum Evodia Old Vines Garnacha Calatayud 2014

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    Really well crafted wine with the grenache stepping out. Red and blue berries, earth and pepper up front, medium tannins and well balanced acidity make a perfect everyday wine that pairs well with food. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • "Maybe grenache just doesn't make a good varietal wine."I would have to disagree. it can make one of the most enjoyable monovarietal wines on earth. There are plenty of examples from Spain, France, and Australia.It was once planted widely in CA because it produces well, but serious Grenache is a fairly "new" development.As far as WTSO - we used ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • It’s summer. The weather is warm and if you are like me, your thoughts ... ... this would be Cinsaut or Grenache. In Spain, it would be Garnacha perhaps with some Tempranillo. In the Loire, Cabernet Franc or Pinot Noir may be employed while in the New World, the entire world of reds are open for experimentation. The next step would be to decid... Read More

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  • M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Cotes du Rousillon Villages 2013

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    Great nose of mocha, red berries, vanilla and terroir in abundant nuances. Chapoutier really really hit the entry level jackpot when he started in Rousillon years ago. great wine. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Have you guys ever checked out WTSO?  I'm not promoting them, but ... ... deals to be had, like this Grenache. &nbs Read More

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  • I knew we had traveled the grenache path not too long ago.  As far as domestic grenache, the best I've had was this 2010 Kaena Grenache Tierra Alta Vineyard from Santa Ynez. Read More

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  • Domaine "La Garrugue" Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Romaine 2012

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    This was very good - pepper, chocolate, red plum and Bing cherry lead the nose. This is full bodied wine with dark berries, spice and mildly chewy tannins and matching acidity. Well done with a great finish. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • CA Grenache has never impressed me...had a Jaffurs once that I kind of liked, but not fully. Read More

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  • Andrew Murray Esperance Curtis Vineyard 2012

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    My last vintage was the 2010 and I liked it very much, this - better. I like fuller bodied wines and this fit the bill nicely. Plenty of blueberry, violets, pepper on the nose, leading to notes of vanilla, earth and spice on the palate. Medium chewy tannins and balanced acidity give nice lingering aftertaste. Well done - drink now - Paul 89 ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • The Ojai Vineyard John Sebastiano Vineyard Grenache 2013

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    Very pretty plum color. Perfumey noseviolets, geraniums. A fairly light-bodied red wine. Sweetish berry hit on entrystrawberry. Mitigating earthiness and acid mid-palate. The acid makes this a very refreshing wine. While it is enjoyable to drink, the lack of complexity prevents me from suggesting that others seek it out. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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