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In the region of Cariñena, the Garnacha grape variety finds a lovely expression, one which is less high octane and lighter on its feet than in some of the neighboring regions. This easy drinker is a terrific bargain for anyone looking for a house red or a wine for a celebration.
96 points James Halliday: "Hand-picked from 72yo bush vines, open-fermented, 14 months maturation in used French hogsheads. Bright, clear colour; quality grenache picked at precisely the right time has resulted in a wine with perfectly pitched red fruits, supple yet savoury tannins, and passing hints of herbs and chocolate; the tannin support is perfect, adding to the savoury nuances that are ever-present in the wine; poise and balance. Rhone Valley? Yes." (5/2015) 96 points James Suckling: "New name, same vineyard source for Pannell's Grenache. This has a beautiful sense of purity and pared back raspberry fr ...Read More »
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(raised entirely in concrete): Brilliant ruby. Pure, high-pitched aromas of redcurrant, strawberry, blood orange and fresh rose, plus a bright mineral overtone. Vibrant and precise on the palate, offering sappy red fruit and floral pastille flavors lifted by spice and mineral nuances. Closes spicy, nervy and long, with silky tannins making a late appearance. Finding a wine with this much clarity and precision is a tough job at double and even triple the price of this one. (JR)" (9/2014) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from vines planted in 1915, the 2013 Garnacha Negra comes from th ...Read More »
Sella & Mosca is a beautiful and historic winegrowing estate in Sardinia which places great emphasis on their traditional winemaking values enabled by modern cellars. In the most outstanding vintages, Sella & Mosca produces this Cannonau Riserva bottling from grapes picked in select vineyard parcels of this most traditional red Sardinian varietal. Aged for two years in oak casks prior to release, this aristocratic red will sustain a decade or more of aging.
92 points James Halliday: "The colour is light but brilliant crimson; the use of French oak isn't at all obvious in this light-bodied, but highly focused wine, with spicy red fruits and confection kept to a minimum. It is absolutely ready to drink immediately to appreciate its perfume and freshness." (7/2015) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale garnet colored with a hint of purple, the 2014 Grenache Old Bush Vine offers enticing red cherry and raspberry preserves notes accented with suggestions of cinnamon stick, orange peel, red roses and white pepper. Medium-bodied and beautifully delicate in the mouth, it sure ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from 100% Grenache planted in decomposed granitic soils, and aged four months in new and used French oak, this deep ruby/purple-colored 2012 Garnacha Old Vines demonstrates what high quality can be found in obscure Spanish appellations. Aromas of kirsch, lavender and strawberries emerge from this medium-bodied, dense, rich 2012. (RP)" (11/2013) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Deeply scented bouquet of dark berries, bitter chocolate and black pepper, with a smoky quality gaining strength with air. Juicy and sweet, showing a chewy texture to its pungent blackberry and blueb ...Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "2012 was one of the driest and warmest years on record (the third driest August since 1961, the fourth warmest since 1961). The 2012 Rioja Crianza la Montesa is a blend of 80% Garnacha, 15% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo (Cariñena) from grapes grown in the La Montesa estate in Alfaro, Rioja Baja where the red Garnacha reigns over Tempranillo. The wine is getting lighter and more ethereal, but this ripe 2012 has a heady nose of cherries in liqueur but also black and sour cherries, unnoticeable oak plus just a pinch of dark spices. The palate is soft and silky ...Read More »
This is as elegant an example of Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache) as you are likely to find. Catalan winemaker Marc Isart Pinos is taking old vines, applying excellent viticultural work, fermenting in foudre (with some whole clusters used, as well as long maceration on the skins for further complexity/elegance), and bottling with a minimum of sulphur to create this beautiful, expressive wine. A good bit more tangy, racy and serious than most Grenache at this price, the Camino de Navaherreros is sure to please those who prefer layered nuance and energetic flavo... Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 El Hombre Bala is pure Garnacha from different vineyards in Cadalso de los Vidrios from purchased grapes. If you know previous vintages of this wine, this 2012 has a lot less oak and extraction. Also this ruby-colored red is sporting a fresher, more precise nose dominated by wild red berries and hints of spices and herbs. The palate is medium-bodied with perfectly integrated oak, unnoticeable in fact, and very good balance and freshness before ending with the taste of cherries in liqueur. It's quite hedonistic and lush. Uvas Felices belongs to ...Read More »
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid purple. Fresh cherry, blackberry and incense on the highly perfumed nose. Lush, sweet and broad on the palate, offering fleshy blueberry and floral pastille flavors that turn spicier with air. Closes on a sweet note of spicy oak, with supple tannins, very good tenacity and a touch of fruitcake. (JR)" (9/2014) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Tres Picos is the bodegas top cuvée of 100% Grenache from older, head-pruned vines planted on the hillsides of the Moncayo Mountains. Yields were less than two tons of fruit per acre. This was the first of the Grenaches to spend some ti ...Read More »
94 points James Halliday: "**2015 Winery of The Year Award - James Haliday's Wine Companion** Destemmed, crushed and with 24 hours skin contact; 25% pressed direct to used French barriques for a 31-day wild ferment, 75% settled, thence to stainless steel for cultured fermentation. Vivid crimson; vibrant acidity gives this complex wine the characteristics of a white wine with a formidable finish." K&L Notes: A beautiful dry, fresh, rose of Grenache. The fruit is picked early specifically for Rose production to retain lots of mouth watering acidity and very moderate alcohol (11.5%). This rose se... Read More »
James Halliday: "Pale colour with a hint of spritz. Attractive mix of raspberried fruit and twiggier, spicier, more earthen influences. Finishes fresh." (7/2015) K&L Notes: From old vines. Winemaker's notes: "Bright salmon pink in colour. A highly aromatic wine that opens with strawberries and cream, cherry blossom, talcum powder and a hint of pear skin. This wine has flavours of raspberry iced tea, red apple and pomegranate. A supple and briny texture with a blood orange finish leaves you looking for the next sip. The Grenache that produced this Rosé is either sourced from bush vine... Read More »
Luli Wines is a partnership between Master Sommelier Sarah Floyd and the Pisoni Family. A unique blend of Pinot Noir and Grenache makes an utterly delightful rosé. Balanced and refreshing, this is lovely chilled on its own, but pairs well with a variety of foods.
Granaxa is one of two luxury cuvees from Coupe Roses, a leading domaine in the high Minervois. Granaxa, a.k.a. Grenache, takes its name from southern France's ancient dialect. This savory wine was made in older barrels with a dollop of Syrah and has stunningly pure red fruit flavors of Grenache with a rich, mouthfilling texture. Francoise Le Calvez was the first modern producer to make wine in barrel in Minervois, home to some of Frances' finest values.
About the producer: "Unti Vineyards is a small, family-owned and operated winery specializing in Mediterranean varietal wines with vineyard personality. The winery, established in 1997, produces small lots of estate grown Barbera, Grenache, Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Syrah and Zinfandel. We also produce a dry Rose from Grenache and Mourvedre and a White Blend of Vermentino, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul. We use artisan wine making methods to enhance and support our ability to make wines with a sense of place-such as fermenting and aging 45 to 60 different s... Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "This Randall Grahm wine, which also includes 9% Mourvèdre and 2% Syrah, hits the nose with tight raspberry juice, hibiscus, cola and iron aromas, proving tight and mineral-driven. Pencil lead leads the lighter palate, which also shows brisk pomegranate, black and white pepper and a menthol-like Sichuan-peppercorn sensation on the finish. It's a tremendous wine for the price. (MK)" (4/2016) Wine Spectator: "Crisp and lively, yet jammed with fruit, offering notes of bright cherry and raspberry, plus grilled fennel and cracked pepper. Drink now through 2020. Web-Only 2015 (TF ...Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted out of bottle, the 2013 The Third Man, which incorporates 19% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, sports a semi-translucent ruby color as well as perfumed notes of black cherry liqueur, raspberries, potpourri and dried flowers. Supple, elegant and seamless, with no hard edges, sweet, sweet tannin and medium to full-bodied richness, this fabulous Grenache would be a dead ringer for a top Chateauneuf du Pape in a blind tasting. It’s the best vintage of this cuvee to date and will have 10-15 years of overall longevity. (JD)" (6/2016) 92 points Wine & Spirits: "About three-quarters grenache, ...Read More »
Situated on a plateau around the villages of Minerve and La Caunette, Françoise le Calvez and Pascal Frissant work their domaine, Château Coupe Roses, with passion and care. Named for exposed rock and garrigue, their vineyards lie in the highest region of Minervois, between 750 and 1,350 feet above sea level. Cool nights and a long growing season help Château Coupe Roses produce wines of excellent acidity and freshness. La Bastide is an intense mouthful of mountain fruit, predominantly Grenache and Carignane with a touch of Syrah at a great price.
This intense, ruby-colored wine is from the extreme south of France, where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean and the vines grown on steep, schistous terraces. Rimage is a Catalan word which means vintage. Therefore a Rimage Banyuls is a fortified wine in which all grapes come from a certain vintage, much like a Colheita or vintage Port. Made from Grenache Noir, the wine's bouquet is full of ripe, red fruits with tinges of vanilla spice. On the palate, flavors of chocolate and cherry dominate and the finish is long and elegant. Sometimes referred to as... Read More »
According to importer Kermit Lynch, Yves Leccia's offerings are known in France as the "Rolls-Royce" of Corsican wines. The Leccia family has made wines from the finest terroirs in the Patrimonio area for countless generations, but in 2004 Yves founded his own domaine to focus on the what he considered to be the single finest terroir, known as E Croce. This bottling is the estate's flagship red wine, blended from 80% Grenache and 20% Niellucciu (Sangiovese) sourced from 20-40 year old vines in the limestone and schist soils of E Croce.
Winemaker Andrew Jones, of Field Recordings Wine fame, brings a line of varietal wines in tall boy cans under the name Alloy Wine Works.
This is a project that can be grouped with the new school of Spain's Garnacha pioneers: Bernabeleva, Marañones, Jimenez-Landi, and Bodegas Canopy. For those of you who are not aware, this is a grouping of serious vignerons intent to produce Garnacha of an intensely pure, lively, structured and classic style - no kirsch, plum sauce and "monumental achievements," just pure, foot-trodden whole cluster Garnacha that is allowed to ferment naturally in foudre, macerate for a long period of time on the skins, and age in larger barrels; nothing except a small am... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Similar in style to traditional cuvée, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape le Puy Rolland is 100% Grenache that spent 18 months all in older foudre. It too offers a perfumed, medium-bodied, supple and sexy style to go with lots of wild strawberry, dried underbrush, kirsch, and river rock like aromas and flavors. It is a relatively forward Châteauneuf du Pape that’s geared for drinking in its youth, but it will dish out tons of pleasure and is a great drink." (10/2015)
Inventory: Redwood City
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "90+ points. The medium-bodied, sweetly fruited, and perfumed 2013 Grenache Ballard Canyon has lots of kirsch, wild strawberry, dried spice and chalky minerality to go with a taut, energetic and surprisingly structured feel on the palate. While the tannin stuck out right on opening, this came together nicely with time in the glass and I love its overall balance. Made in the more pretty, mid-weight California style, give this a year in the cellar and it should impress over the following 5-6 years. (JD)" (8/2015)
If you're looking for a dessert wine to pair with something chocolate, there's nothing like a glass of Vin Doux Naturel. This traditional wine from the Southern Rhône is made entirely from fortified Grenache Noir. Cave de Rasteau's version is made from 50- to 90-year-old vines with a maximum yield of 30hl/hc--less than a bottle of wine per vine, according to the winery. Rich and powerful, with mellow sweetness, it makes the end of a meal a decadent treat.
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium-deep ruby in color with a touch of brick, the 2002 Romas Vineyard Grenache offers ripe red currant and red cherry notes that are showing a little evolution, but not too much, plus a slight whiff of menthol and bay leaf. Still very young, this densely packed wine is ripe, rich and concentrated in the mouth and framed by medium-firm, very fine tannins through the long finish. Drink it now to 2022. (LPB)" (2/2014) K&L Notes: 96 points Robert Parker: "The 2002 Grenache Old Vines Romas Vineyard’s saturated ruby/purple color is followed by a superb bouquet of black ... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
A late-harvest Garnacha, this lovely sweet wine boasts flavors of chewy licorice and dark-fruit hard candies. It has a balanced sweetness, natural alcohol of 15% ABV (this is not fortified) and would make a perfect accompaniment to chocolate and chocolate-based desserts - if I may weigh in I'd go with a flourless chocolate cake or soufflé. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)
91 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe red berries, cola and allspice are joined by a smoky mineral note. The sweet, expansive palate offers juicy raspberry and cherry flavors that tighten slowly in the mid-palate. Finishes with gentle tannins, strong, spice-driven persistence and a floral pastille quality. (JR)" (1/2016) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A mix of floral and schisty cherry, raspberry and strawberry aromas are subtle, elegant and reserved. This blend of Garnacha and Syrah is fresh, but with a touch of jammy weight. Flavors of minerally plum and red currant are suppo ...Read More »
94 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* Beefy and substantial in a varietal context though it's mostly packed with redcurrant and assorted red berried fruit. The point is it has a rich ripeness to it. It also comes packed with dried spices and sandy tannin, and manages to simultaneously create a serious impression and be perfumed and frivolous." 93 points James Suckling: "Beautiful florals here. This has a neat purity and alluring fruit perfume, lightly candied, the palate delivers flavors of blood orange, raspberry and pink grapefruit, tannins are lacy and lithe; a great example of Mclaren Vale ...Read More »
Marco Cirillo has some of the oldest Grenache vines on earth. "The Vincent" is selected from an 80 year old block that are actually masale selection cuttings taken from his 1860 block of vines...so at 80 years of age these are relatively youthful! A lovely pure, lifted wine that encapsulates all the qualities I admire about this enchanting variety; exotic red fruits, spices, bramble fruit, a scorched earth note...amazing energy and drive on the palate. Really a steal given the pedigree and vine age. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine buyer)
From home winemaking in the 1970s to his first commercial Pinot Noir under the Wild Horse label in the 1980s, Kenneth Volk has been an industry mainstay in the Central Coast of California for a long time.
Inventory: San Francisco
The 2013 Grenache carries on Jaffurs's tradition of producing focused, intriguing Grenaches that taste great upon release, but also evolve with age. Ruby red in color with medium weight, aromatics of raspberry, cherry-cola, bramble, plum and dried flowers. Natural acidity and tannins will allow this wine to fully integrate and age magnificently.
Acustic is based in the Montsant village of Marça, which incidentally is where the RENFE train station is located along with a solid café should you need a quick lunch, snack or beer on your way back from a winery visit! This blend of 70% Cariñena and 30% Garnacha is all juicy mixed berry fruits, round in texture with a generous, mouth-filling quality that is open knit and delicious to drink. It's crowd pleasing yet authentic and satisying. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)
Where to start? This is inspiring Garnacha. Garnacha for Grenache haters. Garnacha for lovers of Burgundy or traditional Barolo, perhaps. Hailing from a high elevation (1100 meters at its height) vineyard of decomposed granite (otherwise known as sand) located an hour and a half or so west of Madrid (in fact, many Madrileños vacation here to avoid the sweltering summer heat), this wine is so bright, so high toned and pretty, intensely flavored yet precise (no baby fat here) that you may want to guzzle it down now with a nice meal, even though the stru... Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and burly, with a good backbone of loamy acidity and tannins, this shows accents of smoky raspberry, grilled herb, licorice and peppered beef. Drink now through 2025. 492 cases made." (3/2016) K&L Notes: Russell From is the man behind Herman Story Wines, a Central Coast phenomenon since 2001. Unpretentious, unmanipulated, and undeniably good wines. 93 points Antonio Galloni for the 2011 vintage of Late Bloomer: "Bright ruby-red. Fresh red fruit and floral pastille scents are complicated by hints of smoky minerals, allspice and white pepper. Graceful, focused and... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium garnet-brick in color, the 2001 Romas Vineyard Grenache flaunts attractive aromas of ripe cherries, kirsch, licorice, black pepper and charcoal. A bit of a beast, this full-bodied, rich and dense wine is contoured by a medium level of very fine tannins and a lively, balanced acid line before it finishes long and layered. Drink it now to 2020. I am grateful to Roman Bratasiuk for presenting me with small verticals from his cellar of some of his greatest vineyard sources for this report, including the Merlot (as an indication that Merlot can do well ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
1998 M. Chapoutier "La Bernardine" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 1998 M. Chapoutier "La Bernardine" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (92WS). Wine Spectator: "Impressive. Ripe, rich and full-bodied, showingsilky texture, with lots of plum, red berry andblackberry character. Also digging for the earth,with a nice minerally, chalky personality thatcomes through on the long, tightly structuredfinish." (06/2011)
This lot contains the following items:
1998 M. Chapoutier "La Bernardine" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (qty: 4)
End Date: Sep 7 2016 3:30PM PT
Praise from Jancis Robinson for a previous vintage: "The only David Sadie wine I have tasted is this quite exceptional 2012 David (Sadie) Grenache 2012 made from an organic vineyard on the granite soils of the Paardeberg in the Swartland. A grand total of two barrels were produced in 2012 although production grew last year when he was able to add the produce of another vineyard and he now has a third in his sights, apparently. He employs some cold soak, a certain portion of whole bunches in the fermentation vat, with ambient yeast, daily punchdowns of th... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
92 points James Suckling: "Brilliant color red. Fascinating aromas of peppermint, dried strawberries and cherries follow through to a full body with integrated tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Dense yet delicate and satisfying. Pure Garnacha made from a 2.8 hectare 80-year-old single vineyard in the Gredos range in the vicinity of Madrid. Drink now." (7/2015) K&L Notes: In the Sierra de Gredos mountains, just to the south of Madrid, some pretty amazing Garnacha is being made around the village of San Martin de Valdeiglesias. Catalan winemaker Marc Isart Pinos is taking old vines, (in this... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Great wines by great people, with winemaker Sashi Moorman continually creating drinkable, affordable Rhône-inspired blends from Santa Barbara County. The 2014 vintage was warm and even-keeled, producing a ripe, juicy Grenache that is primed for drinking right out of the gate. As the winery notes attest, this is "gloriously hedonistic," with "ripe, pure, and intense red and purple fruit... whipped cream over strawberries and touches of vanilla."
About the wine: "Elix, will bring to the pleasure to the unique flavor of the small and exclusive region of Priorat. In addition to a vineyard sorting, clusters were hand-sorted in the winery, gently destemmed and crushed directly to two ton stainless open-top tanks and 600L barrels for fermentation. Jack-stems were removed by hand. Most lots were cold soaked for two days. Fermentations were started slowly, with punchdowns by hand occurring one to two times a day; macerations lasted from 10 to 21 days, depending on the individual lot. At the completion o... Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 Eclipse (a blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Shiraz from 44- to 71-year-old vines, cropped at one to one and two-thirds tons of fruit per acre) is sensational. A big, sweet nose of blackberries, cherry liqueur, smoke, barbecue spice, licorice, pepper, and earth soars from the glass of this deep purple-hued 2003. Full-bodied and ripe, with no hard edges, a seamless integration of acidity, alcohol, and tannin, and a spectacular finish lasting nearly a minute, this riveting wine should get even better in 2-3 years, and will last for 10-15." (10/2005)
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95-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There should be 466 cases of the 2013 The Ripper to go around. Made from 100% Grenache and aged in neutral oak, it offers off-the-hook aromas and flavors (kirsch, violets and dusty minerality), full-bodied richness and building tannin. It’s has both a decadent and yet elegant style, and should benefit from short-term cellaring once released." (8/2014)
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Santa Barbara County wine pioneer Adam Tolmach has this to say about the John Sebastiano Vineyard and the grenache from the site: "This vineyard has produced wines that are imbued with what can only be described as dramatic personalities. Planted on the climatic edge where the vines barely ripen their fruit, the structure of this grenache is different from what I have seen elsewhere in California, or for that matter from the southern Rhone or Spain. The wines are simply fresher and more alive."
92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted from multiple barrels, the 2013 Garnacha looks fantastic. Showing lots of stem influence in its peppery herbs, smoke and spice, it has beautiful dark fruit, full-bodied richness and a structured feel on the palate. I think the tannin will round into form once bottled, and this should have a solid 7-8 years of longevity. (JD)" (8/2014) 93 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Spicy, mineral-accented aromas of cherry and cassis, with licorice, mineral and cracked pepper nuances in the background. Juicy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors show a refreshingly bitter edge a ...Read More »
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of all Grenache and McPrice’s take on a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the 2010 Grenache L’Ange Rouge is semi-opaque in color and offers up a perfumed, complex array of garrigue, sweet cherries, pepper and licorice that flows to a full-bodied, textured and lively palate. Quite fresh, with a solid core of acidity, as well as ripe tannin, it should be given another year or two in bottle and then consumed over the following 4-6 years. Drink now-2019. 91+ (JD)" (8/2013) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby. Spicy red and dark berry aromas are complicated by lavender and rose, with a se ...Read More »
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 200 cases of the 2012 Skins to go around, and this blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah spent 18 months in French oak. Kirsch, licorice, crushed rose petal and ground herbs all come together nicely in this full-bodied, layered and savory effort. It shows the purity and suppleness of the vintage, yet has solid concentration and a big finish. (JD)" (8/2014) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Trim and cedary, this taut, well-built red is marked by earth-laced red berry, currant and crushed rock notes. Most interesting on the finish, where the flavors stay lively. (JL)" (3/2015)
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93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 The Maven was tasted as a final blend and is 91% Grenache and 9% Syrah that was aged in 30% new puncheons. Coming from two south-facing plots, it has classic kirsch and blackberry fruit to go with plenty of chalky minerality, wild herbs and hints of pepper on the nose. This all comes together nicely on the palate, and this full-bodied, concentrated barrel sample has lots of tannic grip and a big finish. Like the 2011, it is an age-worthy Grenache that will benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10-15 years of longevity. (JD)" (10/2004) 92 points Vinous: "Deep, b ...Read More »
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