2009 Sanguis "Levity" Central Coast Grenache

SKU #1188088 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Grenache-dominated, the 2009 Levity is a blend of 65% Grenache, 32% Syrah and the balance Viognier. Loaded with red and black fruits, licorice, toast and dried flowers, this beauty is beautifully balanced with a great texture, sweet tannin and notable freshness on the finish. Enjoy it over the coming 7-8 years. Drink now-2021. This was a great lineup by Matthias Pippig. Now making their wines from a newly renovated winery in the town of Santa Barbara, these wines offer loads of fruit, yet have impeccably made profiles. In addition, they also age gracefully. While the bulk of the lineup is red, don’t miss his whites! They’re rich and full-bodied, but unique, awesomely pure and focused. (JD)  (8/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. Pungent, high-pitched dark berry and floral aromas are complicated by notes of black pepper and allspice. Juicy and deeply pitched, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors that pick up a spicy quality with aeration. Smooth, well-knit tannins give shape to the finish, where the floral and spice notes echo strongly.  (11/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Builds complexity, combining ripe, spicy and earth-laced dark berry character with firm, fine-grained tannins that tighten the peppery boysenberry and wild berry flavors. Grenache, Syrah and Viognier.  (3/2013)


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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.
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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.