2006 Clarendon Hills "Romas" Grenache (Elsewhere $90)

SKU #1094559 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium garnet-purple in color and displaying a beautiful nose of violets, orange peel and black cherries alongside notes of spice cake, white pepper and lavender, the full-bodied 2006 Romas Vineyard Grenache is big, rich and gorgeous with a crisp acid backbone draped with layer upon layer of concentrated fruit flavor. The medium-firm, very fine tannins carry it through to a long finish. Drink it now to 2025+. (LPB)  (2/ 2014)

96 points James Halliday

 A remarkable wine; the flavour echoes and ricochets around the mouth, building on the back-palate and finish; a wine of extraordinary thrust, but also polish. From 80-year-old vines, made without acid addition, fining or filtration.  (7/ 2009)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. Exotic Asian spices and smoky minerals accent fresh raspberry and boysenberry on the nose; shows more perfumed anise, patchouli and vanilla notes with aeration. Sweet black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors are sharpened by tangy minerals but betray no rough edges. This really stains the palate, leaving deep dark berry liqueur and candied floral notes behind, eventually. This is irresistible now.  (10/ 2008)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and expressive, with bold plum, blackberry and spicy, meaty flavors that mingle harmoniously on a medium-weight frame, persisting impressively on the generous finish.  (10/ 2008)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/24/2014  | Send Email
A powerhouse of a wine, that is just starting to show its maturity. Sun-ripened blackberries off the vine intertwined with cigar box and fall leaves. The dominant acid backbone and velvety tannins serve to show that this wine will continue to age beautifully in your cellar.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/24/2014  | Send Email
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A powerfully aromatic wine showing purple fruit, exotic spice, floral notes, sandalwood and faint white pepper. Immediately on the palate, the wine shows vibrancy and youthfulness. The tannins, though fine, are still refreshingly grippy, and the mid-palate acidity is fresh and precise. No simple, confectionery flavors here. The wine finishes with some red fruit character and a rare biltong gamey note. A lovely wine that surprised me with its vibrancy.

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Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.