Chalky. Good fruit flavors. Enjoyable! - Tasted at winery Feb 2011
Sometimes I go hot and cold for Kaz's wines, despite that I co-host Wine Biz Radio with him. If you ever meet Kaz, just ask him what he thinks of his 2004 Sarah Nader. You get extra credit if he makes a face. His 2005 Hooligans Grenache hails from the Annadel Estate Vineyard, which makes me think it's located somewhere at the northwest end of Sonoma Valley (the AVA on the label). The color is a bright brick red (not too orange, but definitely away from purple), not deep, reminiscent of old-world Pinot Noir. After letting the bottle breathe for a couple hours, hints of cedar and spice greet your nose. The flavor is subtly acidic, with plenty of currant and ripe red cherry, with a long lingering finish hinting of leather, right down the middle of my tongue. All this in spite of a somewhat thin mouthfeel. I served this with Chicken Divan and it paired nicely, the acidity all but vanished when paired with food, but the currant and cherry helping the dry sherry that was used in the dish.
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Grenache is a great example of a fantastic grape that has been given a bad stigma. It was abused in the past to make cheap box wine. Since it is a lighter red color many started to believe it was a pink grape or only a red only used to make a blush. Poor old Grenache is just now seeing a revival. So if you see a wine bottle of red Grenache take a moment to read the notes and decide it you want to give it a chance. Though they are typically on the lighter side, there are plenty of mid to full bodied Grenache's in the world. This puppy is full of flavor capped by a tantalizing nose. Dig in and enjoy the raisins,currant and black cherry. Pairing Suggestions: Mediterranean, South Western and Mexican meals will DO the trick.