2012 Thomas Coyne Livermore Valley Grenache

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Back in August of last year I was approached by Anne Marie Coyne-Kashkooli, the daughter of Thomas Coyne, who was curious if we were interested in buying a large lot from the Thomas Coyne Winery. To hear that name was a blast from the past for me. For years before I came to K&L I sold the wines out of a little shop in Berkeley that I helped run, and they were always wildly popular with our customers. They were wines of zero pretense, full of charm and ease--so I was all ears. Turned out Thomas, who had been the moving force of the winery, had passed away, and the family decided not to continue the business. I hadn't had the wines in years. Thomas loved making wine and finding great vineyards in not-so-famous areas, but he wasn't much for pounding the pavement and selling his wines outside of the winery. Tasting the wines again I was reminded of why they were always so successful: they are great table wines with enough fruit and exuberance to drink as cocktail wines; they are spot on for their varietals; and they have so much verve and unassuming beauty. So Anne Marie and I worked through all of the details, and we've selected a handful of wines that we think our customers will love. The kicker is we are bringing all of these wines to you for deeply discounted prices! (Bryan Brick, K&L)


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By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2016 | Send Email
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Medium-deep ruby in color, this lovely Gem offers up distinctive aromas of red cherries and raspberries, which is classic Grenache, while in the mouth you will be treated to a perfectly balanced, well integrated, bright set of flavors that leads to a long, warm finish. Rusty has ordered me to bring home at least two cases of this wonderful Gem, and so should you. Don’t miss this Gem and enjoy it near-term. ***** ABV NA *****
Drink from 2016 to 2020

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
Another fun Rhone varietal from the "Rhone Ranger," this is a lovely, rustic little red that works well as a table wine. Ripe fruit and hints of earth are all balanced here and there is just a bit of acid to provide the lift. Like most of Coyne's wine this is made for simple enjoyment, it can go with food or just be sipped throughout the evening.

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
I love Grenache but so often these days it is so heavy and over-extracted, so high in pitch and alcohol that it comes off clumsy and overwrought. The style of this Coyne Grenache is what I really get into. Ethereal, vibrant and pretty throughout this has all the flavor and complexity that the varietal can offer but with no excess. With a beautiful, transparent ruby color and aromas of fresh mint, black cherry, white peppercorns and rose petals, this is sexy stuff. Sappy on entry but fans out to become broad and encompassing on the palate; this has deep-set flavors of fresh sage, rare roast beef with fruitier tones of kirsch, root beer and raspberry. The finish adds complexity with savory flavors of clay, lavender and espresso. Fun and flavorful enough to drink on its own but serious enough to go with lovingly home-cooked meals, I couldn’t think of anything else I'd rather drink right now.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
The Grenache isn't nearly as rich or concentrated as some of the bigger Syrahs and Merlots in this second batch of Thomas Coyne wines. It's my favorite of the bunch by far. Medium-bodied, a lovely soft red in color, with pure and delightful accents of raspberry and cherry. You could probably blow through a case of this without even batting an eye. For the price, that's a real possibility!

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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.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Livermore

- Just east of San Francisco, among an ever-sprawling suburban landscape, Livermore produces the usual suspects with a concentration on hearty grapes like cabernet and zin, which can withstand the screaming summer heat.