Friday, January 13, 2023

Grenache Sampler

"Grenache is the French name for the red grape known as Garnacha in Spain and Cannonau in Italy. Today, Grenache is the star of red blends in France's Southern Rhône Valley, reaching its pinnacle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is widely grown in Spain, where it's dominant in Priorat and a component of blends with Tempranillo in Rioja and other regions. Cannonau is one of the main grapes in Italy's Sardinia. It also has a growing presence in the New World, in places like California and Australia.
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

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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.

Grenache Sampler Pack

1 bottle each of the wines below = $114.44
Special Sampler price = $99 / for the 6 bottles!

  • Arrumaco Garnacha Rose - Spain
  • Lumen Grenache Santa Barbara County -- California
  • Thistledown Grenache McLaren Vale Thorny Devil -- Australia
  • Les Darons Languedoc Red Blend -- France
  • Atalaya Laya Red Blend -- Spain
  • Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva -- Italy

Not available at all locations. Order online and we will get it transferred to your pickup location

More info and to order individually if you prefer....

2021 Arrumaco Garnacha Rose...$9.99
Grenache ROSE
Offering impressive density and concentration, striking purity of fruit, and true and loud expressions of Spain’s classic varietals, Arrumaco has become a go-to label that has risen to the top in a crowded category of sensational values.
Tasting Notes: Lighter in color and body than many other Spanish rosés. Loaded with intense raspberry and plum aromas that follow to a crisp yet silky palate.
Serve With: Excellent on its own and with a wide range of lighter fare. The perfect summer sipper and tapas wine!

2020 Lumen Grenache Santa Barbara County...$29.99
Light-colored in the glass, this bottling from the Martian and Nolan ranches in Alisos Canyon hits the nose with fresh cherry, wet earth and dewy sage aromas. There's a light tension to the palate, where snappy pomegranate and strawberry flavors are quite quaffable.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2019 Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva....$19.99
Grenache (Cannonnau)

This is really delicious with berries, cherries, crushed stones, slate and dried rosemary. Subtle and flavorful at the same time. Medium tannins that are polished and pretty. Spices at the end. Grenache, as you may know already. Drink or hold.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

2021 Thistledown Grenache McLaren Vale Thorny Devil...$27.99
Aromas of savory spice, hung deli meat and blood fill the senses, but it is in the mouth where the purity and succulence of the fruit is revealed. This 2021 Thorny Devil Grenache is long and savory, sweet and fine, built into a framework of pliable tannin and exotic spice. Balanced and exciting.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 James Suckling
Rated 94/100 James Halliday

2020 Atalaya Laya Red Blend....$9.49
70% Garnacha Tintorera, 30% Monastrell
The 2020 Laya is balanced, harmonious and serious, and the vintage seems to have absorbed the oak quite nicely. This is always produced with 70% Garnacha Tintorera and 30% Monastrell. It fermented in stainless steel vats with neutral yeasts, with malolactic in barrel, where the wine matured for four months.
Rated 90+/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 90/100 James Suckling

2021 Les Darons Languedoc Red Blend....$16.99
75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Carignan

A great red from the Languedoc, consistently scores 90 points are higher.
Grenache and Carignan have long been cultivated in Southern France and represent the “forefathers” of the Languedoc Appellation’s red wines. Les Darons is an homage showcasing these classic varietals. Named after the forefather grapes, “Les Darons” is the affectionate term for “The Parents” in the Parisian suburbs where winemaker, Jeff Carrel was born. Les Darons is an accessible wine with loads of character. Packed with ripe, red and dark fruit aromas, this Languedoc red has plenty of spice and a streak of underlying minerality. Serve with: Enjoy this classic, unoaked red with a wide range of everyday meals.

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