(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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  • Reinares Rosado 2006


    50% Grenache, 50% Tempranillo, Very silky body with white cherry, vanilla and white pepper on the pallette. This was an excellent wine to sit and watch fireworks this summer. Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime

  • De Muller Red Blend Priorat Legitim Crianza 2005


    This wine was a little too good, and I think we drank it too quickly over approx 30min. With tons of fruit on the nose, the palette was equally bold and intense with lots of spice, berries, and herbs, with notes of leather and tobacco. The finish was very long lasting and pleasant with notes of strawberry, cherry and even lychee. This was a ... Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime

  • Betts & Scholl Barossa Valley Grenache O.g 2006


    Wow, wow, wow! This grenache is an elegant, smooth, sophisticated delight! I have friends who buy it by the case. Anyone who has tasted it knows that it stands up against the higher priced competition. Richard Betts knows his wine and he should be proud of this one. Read More

    Wine review by bubbles magee

  • Domaine Lafage Grenache Blanc Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes 2008


    Expect honey suckle, apricot and tropical fruits with floral notes in this aromatic, lean, crisp wine with balanced acidity. Pairs with sea bass or swordfish (the acid balances the fat in these fish). Consider this a great "hanging out by the pool" sipping wine. Read More

    Wine review by David Kohl

  • Booker Vineyard Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles Vertigo 2007


    Wonderful expression of a Syrah blend, with a creamy quality that surprised me. True love at first sip. Read More

    Wine review by lingprof

  • L'Aventure Côte à Côte 2007


    My first thought was 'tastes expensive'. Very complex layering with a good weight, deep fruit on the palate (pomegranate? blueberries?) and a lot of opulent vanilla notes on the finish. I tasted several wines at this winery, and this one stood out to me. Read More

    Wine review by lingprof

  • Tapena Garnacha 2008


    simple red pretty balanced, good drinking, went well with ribeye. Read More

    Wine review by mt3ck

  • Sella & Mosca Cannonau Cannonau di Sardegna 2007


    Very full bodied, full flavored (cherries & oak). Was fantastic with my bolognese. The wine was good on the 2nd night after opening, too. Read More

    Wine review by monteberto

  • Thalvin Cuvee Premiere du President 2005


    a light to medium body wine with a burst of blackcherry. A nice and easy drinking wine with a good acidity Read More

    Wine review by didier1

  • Bodegas Borsao Grenache Blend Campo de Borja Crianza Selección 2005


    Great all mountain wine. Read More

    Wine review by djbjkxua

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