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In the region of Cariñena, the Garnacha grape variety seems to find a lovely expression, one which is less high octane and lighter on its feet than in some of the neighboring regions. And, as ever, this is a terrific red wine bargain for anyone looking for an inexpensive house red or wine for any party, wedding, or other event.
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." (9/2014)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from vines planted in 1915, the 2013 Garnacha Negra comes from the vil ...Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A collaboration between Napa's Joel Gott and Dave Phinney, the semi-opaque 2012 Cotes Catalanes Grenache is a smoking blend of 100% Grenache that comes from the singular, black schist soils located around the village of Maury, in the Agly Valley in the Roussillon. Aged in French oak (a small part being new) and hitting 15.6% natural alcohol, this sexy, full-bodied, pedal-to-the-metal effort bears plenty of resemblance to the old-vine, 100% Grenache efforts coming from Chateauneuf du Pape. Kirsch liqueur, blackberry, toasted spice, garrigue and hints of v ...Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The terrific 2012 Tres Picos is one of the finest inexpensive, Grenache-based wines made in the world. This full-bodied beauty boasts a deep ruby color as well as loads of strawberry and black cherry fruit, hints of lavender and crushed rocks, sweet tannin, and a broad, savory mouthfeel. It, too, should be consumed over the next 3-4 years. This has long been a popular source for value-priced wines. Founded in 1958 in the appellation of Campo de Borja, Borsao owns a whopping 3,706 acres of vineyards planted at elevations of 1,300 to 2,300 feet above sea ...Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "What a subtle, beautiful nose to this wine with fresh-lemongrass, plum and light cherry character. It's full-bodied with fine tannins and a long finish. Lovely powdered-chocolate and hazelnut undertones. Drink or hold." (3/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A flagship wine from Sardinia, the 2010 Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva presents a very authentic portrait of the island's most celebrated red grape. There is austerity here and a sense of vinous earnestness that distinguishes the wine's unique personality. Instead of banal softness or richness, here you get firm lines and sharp conto ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
93 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* A blend of Garnacha Tinto (Grenache by any other name) and Touriga, part coming from McLaren Vale (Garnacha) and part from the Barossa. It is a joyously schizophrenic blend, half saying drink without any introspection or hesitation, the other inviting deconstruction of the very different spice influences, and also the differing appeal of the raspberry and cherry fruit flavours." (3/2014) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "This is our first Tinto that is made solely from Grenache and Touriga Nacional, two of my favourite red grape varieties. Thi... Read More »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Their inexpensive offering is the 2012 Veraton, a 100% Grenache aged in 60% new French and 40% American oak for 17 months before being bottled without filtration. It is a powerful, full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal red boasting a dense purple color, and a sweet blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, lavender, licorice and earth notes intermixed with a touch of new oak. Stylistically, this is a modern, massively intense, rich wine that over-delivers in many ways. However, it is not for consumers looking for shy, restrained and delicate wines. It should drin ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "This dense red shows a savory character, with tar, ink and licorice notes framing the core of plum and meat flavors. Features firm, well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Distinctive. Drink now through 2018." (10/2014) K&L Notes: The Calatayud D.O. sits in the arid Aragon region of Northeast Spain. Here Garnacha reigns supreme, producing wines that are richly fruited, but with pH's that are relatively low, which highlights the wines' bright fruit and freshness. Bodegas Breca has produced very highly rated wines in the past, though it is this vintage that truly st... Read More »
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining ruby. Pungent aromas of cassis, blueberry, smoky minerals, potpourri, licorice and spicecake. Juicy, supple and perfumed on the palate, with bright acidity lifting black and blue fruit, violet pastille and allspice flavors. Finishes very long and gently tannic, with suave oak tones coming up slowly." (10/2014)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Alto Moncayo, pure Garnacha from a warm, extremely dry and early vintage is extremely young and oaky with a nose full of vanilla, cinnamon, clove and smoke along with ripe blackberries, some cereal hints and notes of café a ...Read More »
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale to medium garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Grenache is scented of kirsch, black raspberries and allspice with hints of black and white pepper. Full-bodied, rich and satiny textured in the mouth, it offers plenty of red fruit and baking spice layers in the long finish. Drink it now to 2019+. (LPB)" (2/2014)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Lush, expressive aromas of fresh raspberry and cherry compote, with a spicy top note adding vivacity. Silky and sweet, offering intense red berry, floral pastille and spice cake flavors that gain weight in the glass. Finishes silky and lo ...Read More »
One of the latest offerings from Priorat's Sao del Coster, this Garnacha based wine shows chewy red fruit flavors that betray admirable freshness, with a hint of macerated orange peel I frequently find in Spain's Mediterranean climate examples of Garnacha. This is not at all shy, but a great example of the intensity of flavor and beautiful fruit expression in the new era in Priorat. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)
97 points James Halliday: "Hand-picked grapes were open-fermented and hand-plunged before spending 14 months in used French puncheons; Pannell recommends decanting several hours before drinking. Medium crimson colour introduces a wine that is eager to display its fragrant red fruits on the bouquet and on entry to the palate before persistent, fine-grained tannins make their presence felt. They are fundamental to both the present and future character of the wine, which will change with age, but in absolute terms be neither of higher or lesser quality than it is now." (7/2014) K&L Notes: Winemak... Read More »
Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault and Mourvedre make this lush and fruity CdR a reward for what the winery calls, a "vintage of patience." Demeter certified Biodynamic®.
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 »
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Smoky, spice-accented raspberry and cherry on the perfumed nose, with a bright floral accent building with air. Brisk and racy, offering fresh red fruit and rose pastille flavors and a hint of blood orange. I might have guessed this to be pinot. Finishes taut and clean, with a lingering redcurrant note and lacy tannins sneaking in slowly." (9/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Camino de Navaherreros is produced with Garnacha and some bought grapes and a dash of Tempranillo that they have in one of their vineyards from granite soils at 700- to 800-meter altitudes c ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Dragonette Cellars' Grenache has been praised in recent vintages as having "the restraint you’d expect from Grenache that hails from Pinot Noir ZIP codes...." (Wine & Spirits)
96 points James Halliday: "Made from 80-year-old Grenache vines, plus a small amount of young Tempranillo, it has good hue and depth; the bouquet is full of red fruits, and the wine takes off on the vibrant and intense palate, with an altogether singular purity and finesse." (7/2014) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Bright, ruby red in colour with vibrant purple hues. A lifted nose displaying enticing aromatics of rhubarb, raspberries, plums, with hints of caraway seed, anise and subtle white pepper spice. Contrasting on the palate with rich flavoursome red cherries balanced by a bright acid str... Read More »
Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 Commended this red, describing it as having "fleshy jammy red fruit on the nose. The palate of red fruit is rich supple and prolonged."
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Vibrant red fruit and floral pastille scents are complicated by notes of allspice, star anise and smoky minerals. Sappy and precise on the palate, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors deepened by a hint of candied licorice. Shows a delicate, vaguely Pinot-like character on the finish, with the mineral and floral notes repeating." (12/2014)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Syrah is the star of this new appellation, but Grernache does mighty fine too, in this case offering aromas of strawberry reduction sauce, black cloves and cardamom. The palate is heavily laced with crus ...Read More »
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 Rhone 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.
Inventory: San Francisco
Antonio Galloni: "(made with 15% whole clusters and aged in 15% new oak): Ruby-red. Raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by suggestions of white pepper and flowers. Round and juicy in the mouth, offering gently sweet red fruit flavors and hints of licorice and peppery bitterness. Finishes on a warm note, with good cling and gentle tannins." (12/2014)
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright red. Perfumed aromas of raspberry, rose oil, cola and smoky minerals. Sweet, spicy and supple, with a peppery nuance adding lift to the strawberry, raspberry and mineral flavors. Sweet and approachable wine in a Pinot-like style. Clings impressively on the finish, which features soft tannins and lingering spiciness. These vines range from 50 to 80 years of age." (9/2013) K&L Notes: Comando G is a project dedicated primarily to top quality Garnacha based wines. These are wines that are often times so purely fruited, mineral, focused and expressive, you h... Read More »
Alvaro Palacios is undoubtedly one of the architects and primary reasons for Priorat's elevation to premier fine wine region over the past 20 years. While it has certainly not always been a smooth ride for the region, Palacios' wines have garnered a following in Spain and abroad, amongst critics and collectors, for their generous fruit, polished tannin structure, and minerality. Camins is the winery's softer, entry level Priorat where the Garnacha and Cariñena base is supported by Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot. An ideal, fruit forward red to enjoy on its ow... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The tasty, dark ruby-hued 2012 Grenache Estate is a 1,000-case blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah. Aged in 620-gallon foudres and concrete tanks, it nicely conceals its 15.1% alcohol with plenty of kirsch liqueur and raspberry fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful purity and a sexy texture. This is a top-flight effort from one of the earliest Grenache practitioners in Northern California. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. (RP)" (12/2014)
Wine Spectator: "Smooth and compact, this red offers cherry, vanilla and light smoky notes, with accents of herb and licorice. A bit candied in character, but has lively acidity." (8/2014) K&L Notes: This delicious, 100% Garnacha from the Aragon "Garnacha Belt" D.O. of Campo de Borja, shows all the bright red cherry fruit you'd expect form this grape variety, with the added richness, texture and length which old vines deliver in this portion of Spain. A whole lot of value for the money.
Always a bargain, the Las Rocas Garnacha comes from an excellent co-op in Spain's Calatayud region. Aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 10 months. Hearty, medium-bodied with boisterous dark fruit and an undercurrent of cocoa and vanilla spice.
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Arroyo del Tórtolas is one of their single-vineyard reds, in this case it’s a north facing-slope of 1.25 hectares, planted with 2,200 plants per hectare that are 65 years old. The soil is quite thin and poor, rich in granite. Fermentation is carried out in oak tinas (vats), with stems, but on a higher or lower proportion depending on the vintage, and foot trodden. Malolactic fermentation is in used barriques of different sizes (from 225 to 600 liters) made of French oak where the wine ages for one year. This is the plot of vines that gets more c ...Read More »
This is Bonny Doon's "Clos, but no Cigare" blend, a fresh and fruity early release composed mainly of Grenache--well, just enough Grenache to call it such on the label, 75%, with 17% Syrah and 8% Mourvèdre--that is too, well, fresh and fruity to be reserved for the Doon's longer-aging, "serious"--well, relative to Bonny Doon and winemaker-trickster Randall Grahm's reputation for seriousness goes--Châteauneuf-du-Pape style blend. The grapes are not actually from Gilroy, California's garlic capital, but Central Coast vineyards Alta Loma, a cool site (for G... Read More »
Russell From is the man behind Herman Story Wines, a Central Coast phenomenon since 2001. Unpretentious, unmanipulated, and undeniably good wines. 92 points Wine Spectator for the 2010 vintage of Late Bloomer: "Offers perfumed red berry scents, with rich red fruit saturating the palate, expanding to red and black licorice notes and ending with gripping tannins that hold the flavors in place. Drink now through 2024." (03/2014)
94 points James Halliday: "Scented elegance. Nothing overly sweet to the profile here. Redcurrant, cherry, aniseed, earth/spice. Tangy. Not thick or dense, but it makes an impression. Tannin is internally routed in a completely seamless/velvety fashion." K&L Notes: This tiny production wine (just 574cs) is from Yangarra estate's almost 70 year old Grenache vines. Planted in 1946, these non-trellised, head trained vines grow in deep weathered sand stone soils. They are dry farmed and produce limited yields of beautifully aromatic, complex and layered fruit. After farming these old vines organic... Read More »
From the winery: "The soils are so rich that the wines from this heavenly place ooze with deep cocoa, baked brownie lushness, combined with classic cigar box and pepper aromas. On the palate: Ripe layers of raspberry, dark chocolate wild plums, apricots, and blackberries mingle with creamy oak and sassafras. This wine is seamless, with great fruit purity, soft tannins and a complexity that draws you in for another taste."
Seeking out more greatness from the Gredos, those mountains to the west of Madrid which are starting to make quite a name for themselves as the home of structured, fresh, delicious Garnacha based wines, Javier and Laura García are the couple behind 4 Monos. Beautiful, bright, penetrating aromas of blackberries and licorice lead to a palate with fresh darker berried fruit, more deeply pitched than the 2011 but also more generous and friendly without sacrificing crisp, bright acidity. So tasty, this wine! Grapes were grown in a quartz soil that differs som... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
A small production project, from old vine Grenache and Carignan.
Dinastia Vivanco is an example of a winery making carefully crafted Rioja which combines the richer, more succulent fruit of a modernly styled wine, with the experience and know-how of an estate that has been at it for quite some time. Their colección 4 Varietales is a limited production wine, a blend of the four main red grapes in Rioja: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. In addition to Dinastia Vivanco's winery, there is a HUGE museum of wine on the premises; you could easily spend a few hours admiring the collection of wine related exhibits... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Aromas of tobacco, dried herbs and strawberry are followed by focused, creamy-feeling raspberry and cranberry flavors. It shows a real sense of purity but the mouthfeel is where it truly shines." (9/2015)
Inventory: San Francisco
Wine Enthusiast: "This wine tends toward an orange coloration, and shows aromas of warm watermelon, a touch of cantaloupe and even some orange rind. The flavors are very lively, if a little sour, with tangerine peels laced across the cotton-candy warmth." (9/2015)
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Usseglio's 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Mon Aieul is a beautiful wine that comes mostly from three terroirs: Les Grand Serres (96-year-old vines) in the south, la Crau (78-year-old vines) in the eastern portion of the appellation, and La Guigasse (75-year-old vines), which is roughly in the middle/north central portion of the appellation near Rayas and Pignan. Coming from 100% Grenache and miniscule yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare (which is basically nothing), it offers gorgeous black raspberry, black cherry, herbes de Provence, pepper and Asia ...Read More »
100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 1,800 cases of the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Mon Aieul (100% tank-aged Grenache). It represents an awesome naked/virginal expression of Grenache from three vineyard parcels planted in sand, clay, and limestone soils. After tasting this wine on five separate occasions, I can state with certainty, it has the most saturated color of any Mon Aieul produced to date. Moreover, its perfume of blueberry liqueur, black raspberries, licorice, roasted meat juices, and lavender is incredible. Full-bodied power, a multilayered mouthfeel, tremendous ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
From the winery "Our 4th year making this El Dorado blend of Grenache from the Fenaughty, & Swansboro vineyards. This lively mineral laden red wine stays on our summer table and sings with most anything coming off the grill. 2013 boasts more savory elements than previous vintages. Blend: 100% Grenache w/ 15% Whole cluster Maceration: Wild yeast, wood vat, 12-16 days Barrel aging: 7 months in neutral FO barrels Bottled: Unfiltered on May 23, 2014 Production: 350 cases Release date: Summer 2014"
98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I have had some issues with corked bottles, but the only bottle opened for this tasting was spectacular. Still rather deep bluish/purple in color, with an extraordinary nose of spring flowers, melted licorice, truffles, blueberries, and blackberry liqueur, it is jammy, thick, and unctuously textured, but exhibiting tremendous freshness and vibrancy for a wine this massive and powerful. This is an extraordinary wine without any hard edges. It seems to be close to full maturity, yet capable of staying there for up to two more decades when well-stored. This ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
96 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers stunningly pure fruit, with silky layers of raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry coulis that cascade over each other, backed by subtle dried anise and warm ganache notes. Very concentrated but not hefty, this sails through the finish, with a perfectly embedded graphite spine and a long echo of lavender. Best from 2018 through 2032. From" (1/2015)95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac is brilliant, and checks in near the top of the vintage. Made from 100% Grenache, it gives up loads of kirsch, sweet black cherries, crushed flowers and spice ...Read More »
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93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright red. Exotically perfumed scents of candied red berries, white flowers and incense, with a vivid mineral overtone. Tangy, focused and pure, offering intense raspberry and cherry flavors that pick up a rose pastille nuance with air. This concentrated yet lithe wine finishes with excellent clarity and youthful tannic grip." (9/2013) 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,... Read More »
89 points Wine Spectator: "A plush, opulent style that emphasizes ripeness, capturing, though not taming, the essence of plump, racy Grenache. The coarse texture provides a small quibble. Drink now through 2018." (12/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "At first, the 2010 On The Road is beautifully focused, with great purity and nuance. Sweet red cherries, roses, mint, anise and spices all come together nicely in this flashy, extroverted wine. Here, too, the alcohol is evident at times, but texturally the wine is quite beautiful. The 2010 is 100% Grenache aged in French oak barrels, 40% new. Anticipated maturity: ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
2007 Sine Qua Non "Pictures" Grenache
Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2007 Sine Qua Non "Pictures" Grenache (97RP, 95ST, 91WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 87% Grenache, 11.5% Syrah, and 1.5% Viognier, this wine has wonderful floral notes intermixed with black raspberries, black cherries, licorice, graphite and some camphor. In the mouth, more white chocolate notes appear, along with meatiness and some silky tannins. Its great purity, density and richness make me think this wine could even improve a few points and flirt with perfection. This stunning wine should drink nicely for another 10-15 years. (RP)" (08/2011)
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2007 Sine Qua Non "Pictures" Grenache (qty: 4)
End Date: Jul 31 2015 6:30PM PT
96 points Robert Parker: "The 2002 Grenache Old Vines Romas Vineyard’s saturated ruby/purple color is followed by a superb bouquet of black fruits, truffles, Asian spices, figs, and licorice. Powerful, rich, and upfront, this layered, intensely concentrated Grenache can be drunk now or cellared for 10-12 years. Roman Bratasiuk is one of Planet Earth’s greatest winemakers, and obviously a top-notch viticulturist given his obsession with sourcing extraordinary fruit from ancient McLaren Vale vineyards." (10/04)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
94 points Wine Spectator: "*Top 100 Wines of 2007, Highly Recommended* Pure and silky, with raspberry, cocoa, truffle and mineral notes that glide along the fresh acidity. The long, silky finish lets the fruit and minerality hang nicely, with garrigue in the background. Should blossom in the cellar. Best from 2008 through 2025." (5/2007)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Certainly Vieux Telegraphe has acquitted itself well in these two vintages with the 2004 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape boasting big, smoky, peppery, garrigue notes intermixed with black cherry, licorice, smoke, and sweet currants. The wine is ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse