Grenache buds early but ripens late. It thrives in warm climates, and likes stony soils like gravel, as well as limestone, clay and sand. In Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the vineyards are studded with large, round stones called galets. The wines tend to have low to moderate acidity, and the berries can reach high sugar levels, resulting in relatively high-alcohol wines, but still retaining balance with vibrant fruit.
Grenache can vary widely in style, depending on where it's grown, but also what grapes it is blended with—Syrah and Mourvèdre are common partners. Generally, the wines show a mix of red and dark fruit, like cherry, raspberry and blackberry. They can have some spice, often manifested with black pepper and star anise notes, and also display pronounced dried-herb qualities, such as bay leaf and tobacco." -- Wine Spectator
Southern Rhône: Château de Beaucastel, Henri Bonneau, Clos des Papes, Domaine du Pégaü, Château Rayas, Domaine St.-Préfert
Priorat: Celler Mas Doix, Clos Mogador, Álvaro Palacios, Vall Llach
Grenache is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world
Known as Cannonau it Italy and know as Garnacha in Spain.
1 bottle each of the wines below = $138.94
Special Sampler price = $120 / for the 6 bottles!
Coto de Hayas Campo de Borja Crianza...$14.99 - Spanish
Black Slate Gratallops Vi De La Vila Priorat...$18.99 -- Spanish
Penya Cotes de Catalanes Rouge....$12.99 -- French
A Tribute to Grace Grenache Santa Barbara....$29.99 -- California
Thistledown Vagabond Grenache Blewitt Springs...$44.99 -- Australia
2019 Black Slate Gratallops Vi De La Vila Priorat...$18.99
A blend of 64% Grenache, 27% Carignan and 9% Syrah, the 2019 Black Slate Gratallops Vi De Vila comes from one of the warmer regions in the Priorat. Gorgeous black raspberries, liquid violets, garrigue, chalky minerality, and hints of rose petal all emerge from the glass, and it's medium to full-bodied and beautifully textured, with ultra-fine tannins and a gorgeous finish. With a liquid rock-like minerality that’s something to behold, this gorgeous, elegant wine is going to evolve for 10-12 years with no issues.
Rated 96/100 Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Coto de Hayas Campo de Borja Crianza...$14.99
60 % Garnacha (Grenache)
Grape Varieties: Garnacha and Tempranillo.
Vine age of 35 years for Garnacha and 30 years for Tempranillo. Aged in French and American oak barrels for 9 months. Additional bottle ageing before release.
View: intense ruby red.
Nose: Good intensity, complex aromas, notes of ripe red fruit and spicy notes.Mouth: powerful attack, a good balance between fruit wine and the contribution of wood. Comprehensive, harmonious with well assembled oak tannin and a long finish and pleasant aftertaste
Rated 91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Cases de Pene is a tiny village in the Roussillon region of Southern France, just 30 miles north of Spain. Ceded to France in the mid 17th century, the area is still known as “French Catalonia”. We celebrate this heritage with the Catalan spelling of the ancient Château and village Cooperative: “Penya”.
Tasting Notes: This medium-bodied blend is packed with flavor, offering aromas of plums & cherries with smoky notes. The palate yields red and black fruits, spices, a hint of bacon, and silky tannins.
We love Rhones wines. We are always looking out for new and exciting Cotes du Rhone as they represents some of the best values in red wine. They are also great food wines too.
The medium bodied 2019 Cotes du Rhone shows notes of black olives and Mediterranean herbs, but also shows plenty of fleshy black raspberry fruit. It us a blend of 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah. Concentrated but supple, it's round and expansive in the mouth, finishing with a subtle dusting of ripe tannins and hints of coffee.
Leading off the Grenache releases, the 2018 Grenache Santa Barbara County comes from Santa Barbara County and is 100% Grenache that was destemmed and brought up in neutral oak. Pretty cherry and strawberry fruits as well as a touch of violets and spice give way to a medium-bodied Grenache with a Pinot Noir-like elegance and purity. It's a lively, balanced effort to enjoy over the coming 3-5 years
Rated 90/100 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Grenache (Santa Barbara County) is a fabulous introduction to this range. Perfumed, light on its feet and ethereal, the appellation Grenache has so much character. Crushed red berry, cedar, mint and wild flowers all grace this understated, totally classy wine from Angela Osborne. This is such a beautiful wine.
Rated 92/100 Vinous Media
Old Vine Blewitt Springs, Mclaren Vale
This showcases the power of Blewitt Springs in a very boldly stated, fruit-driven expression of grenache with real purpose. The aromas are of redcurrants, raspberries, pomegranate and blood oranges and lead to a palate with a phenomenal drive of acidity and tannin. Such intense and defined style here. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Rated 96/100 James Suckling