2009 McPrice Myers "L'Ange Rouge" Santa Barbara County Grenache
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I was totally struck by the 2009 Grenache L’Ange Rouge, a wine that captivates all the senses. I hope readers can appreciate just how rare it is to encounter a Central Coast Grenache with this much sheer finesse. The purity of the fruit is simply striking. The 2009 clocks in at 15.8% alcohol, none of which is evident, proving that balance is what counts. There is no shortage of that here. The 2009 is 90% Grenache, 6% Syrah and 4% Mourvedre, fermented with 40% whole clusters and aged for 15 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.
This is pure Grenache from vineyards in Santa Barbara Highlands (3200 feet) and the other Larner Vineyards in Santa Ynez, with sandy soil. This is medium-bodied and a dead ringer for Chateauneuf. Lovely finish of dried strawberries and hints of raisin. Drink now.
Very ripe and jammy, but well done in this style, with vivid wild berry, blackberry and raspberry character, picking up mocha and cola flavors that are thick and concentrated. Drink now through 2020.
Quoting Wine Advocate's Antonio Galloni:"I found a lot to like in these new releases from McPrice Myers. The wines are made from a variety of appellations in the Central Coast." (08/12)