2009 McPrice Myers "L'Ange Rouge" Santa Barbara County Grenache

SKU #1113194 95 points 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.  (8/ 2012)

90 points James Suckling

 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.  (10/ 2011)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2012)

K&L Notes

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)

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Sants Inez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, chardonnay and pinot noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.