2005 Clarendon Hills "Hickinbotham" Grenache
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Grenache Hickinbotham Vineyard adds a mineral note along with wood smoke, black raspberry and licorice flavors, as well as additional structure. Smooth-textured and sleek, it will evolve for 5-7 years and provide pleasure through 2025.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Pungent raspberry and boysenberry aromas are joined by musky underbrush and dried flowers. Sappy red fruit flavors are brightened by racy acidity, conveying a sense of elegance and precision. Finishes with impressive clarity and cling and silky tannins. Dare I say "elegant"?
Lithe and supple, this is a soft-textured wine that lets its ripe cherry, wet earth and plum flavors peek out at first, then emerge strongly as the finish persists. Balanced for cellaring. Best after 2008.
Ripe black cherry and cedary aromas can't hide the touch of alcohol that seems to emanate from the glass. But the wine is balanced on the palate, not showing any excessive warmth, framing its black cherry and chocolate flavors with bright acidity. The crisp acids on the finish accentuate the tannins, making this an uncommonly structured Grenache