2016 Carlisle "Rossi Ranch" Sonoma Valley Grenache

SKU #1387368 91-94 points Vinous

 The 2016 Grenache Rossi Ranch is another of the many highlights in this range. A host of red berry fruit and floral overtones fill out the wine's frame effortlessly. The purity of the flavors is simply striking. This is an unusually supple, fleshy Grenache with terrific fruit density and impeccable balance. The inclusion of 15% co-fermented Mourvèdre adds layers of depth. I loved it. (AG)  (6/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre, the 2016 Grenache Rossi Ranch is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with beautiful kirsch, red roses, redcurrant jelly and mulberries scents with touches of cinnamon stick and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of grainy tannins and seamless freshness lifting the fragrant fruit, it finishes long and perfumed. 235 cases produced. (LPB)  (6/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Combines a briary, old-school structure with modern polish, offering expressive cherry, savory rosemary and thyme flavors that build intensity toward big but well-groomed tannins. (TF)  (4/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Having had to skip a vintage in 2015, this wine is back with a pleasing vengeance, and is cofermented with 15% Mourvèdre. Strawberry, cherry and earth give it a bold, fresh flavorful complexity with depth and surprising freshness. It lingers in cherry cordial and cedar. (VB)  (6/2019)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Grenache Rossi Ranch checks in as 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre that was cofermented, with the Grenache destemmed and the Mourvèdre not destemmed. Kirsch, dried berries, dried herbs, and floral, spicy notes all flow to a medium-bodied, elegant, charming Grenache that has present tannin, solid balance, and a great finish. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.  (6/2018)

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- 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.

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.


- 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.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).