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Grenache

France, Rosé, Red Blend, “Les Vignes” Rosé, Domaine de Bila-Haut, Michel Chapoutier, Rousillion, 2016

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Red blend of 78% grenache, 14% cinsault and 8% syrah. N/ Freshly crushed oyster shells, light wafts of strawberry Jolly Rancher candy, fresh hay, and sun bleached granite. Screaming for oysters, sushi, or ceviche. T/ Light mouthfeel. Wonderful acid work with light citrus tones, light strawberry flavors, a faint cranberry pucker, and multiple layers of […]

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Spain, Bodega Paniza, Garnacha and Tempranillo, Paniza, Cariñena, 2013

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N/ Tomato leaves dominate. Wild and savory herb blast, with organic soil and earth, paprika, and dusty black fruits. T/ Medium mouth feel. Dusty purple and black fruits infused with notes of black soil, earth, and maduro tobacco. Rustic. Very rustic. Pair with a meat pizza, lamb, or game. http://www.bodegaspaniza.com/en/index.php Price = $10 – $15 […]

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France, Red Blend, Ferraton Père & Fils, Samorëns, Côtes du Rhône, 2014

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Blend of grenache (85%), syrah (10%),and cinsault (5%). N/ Black pepper and earthy spices. Purple and black fruits fruits. Plum skins. Wild herbs and black soil. T/ Spicy, racy, and quite complex for the price point – this wine delivers wonderful fruit flavors of black cherries and plums with a lean acid backbone that makes […]

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France, Red blend, Michel Chapoutier, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Bila-Haut, 2014

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Red blend of syrah, grenache and carignan. N/ Black cherry, plum skins, compote, multiple aromatic herbs like sage and rosemary, and tobacco leaf. The smell of a walk in wild country. Outstanding. T/ Medium mouthfeel. A large payload of black cherry, black berry, and savory notes all with a nicely balanced gentle sweetness. Her close […]

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France, Rosé, Bila-Haut, Michel Chapoutier, Pays d’Oc, Roussillon, 2013

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Red blend of cinsault and grenache. C/ Beautiful salmon and amber / pink. N/ Delightful rosé signatures of strawberries, raspberries, and sun bleached rocks, but also with hints of peach and melon. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. A nice lively acid introduction complete with raspberry and jolly rancher flavors but she is more complex than that… […]

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Spain, Garnacha, Campo Viejo, Rioja, Fuenmayor, 2012

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This is Campo Viejo’s first-ever 100% garnacha. N/ Deep cherry, caramel, and spice notes are the first things to present. Nutmeg and sweet woody aromas follow.  Violets, lavender, and white flowers. Soft flint notes. Hints of mesquite wood smoke. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Wonderful acid popping cherries and black cherries. Raspberries and boysenberries add to the fruit […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Quivira, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, 2009

Red Blend of: 83% Zinfandel, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Sirah, and 2% Grenache. N/ First impressions were not jammy, which I very much appreciate in a Zinfandel. Black plum, boysenberry, and, interestingly, some warm and dark cassis. Flint, dry earth and tanned leather. Just a tad hot. T/ Full mouthfeel. Clean, plum and light […]

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USA, Rose, Vin Gris de Cigare Rose, Bonny Doon, California, 2010

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Rose blend of: 71% Grenache, 16% Roussanne, 11% Grenache Blanc and 2% Mourvedre. Screw cap, which I love. N/ Hay. Watermelon. Burlap. Light strawberries. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium-high acid. Strawberries and lightly puckering cranberry.  Melon and mineral closer. Solidly made, but was hoping for more from this normally great producer. Simply was not that […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon (with 10% Grenache), Big House, The Usual Suspect, Soledad, California, 2009

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Note: only for Cabernet “fruit bomb” style lovers….i.e. this wine is the opposite of French style Cabernet….   This might be an excellent choice for a crowd-pleasing party wine (and will be about as low an impact on your wallet as possible).   N/ Fresh cedar. Black pepper. Deep cassis. Smoke. Cigar box. Light swamp […]

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USA, Red Blend, (Rhone Style – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre), Crystal Basin Cellars, “Victorie”, El Dorado County, 2007

Rhone-style Red Blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre. Note: Let breathe at least 1 hour, or preferably 2-3 hours, before enjoying. N/ Brick dust. Sweet, ripe cassis and currants. Confectionary. Black pepper. Light granite wafts. Tobacco. Deep oaks. Oyster shells. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. Fat, ripe black and blueberries. Big, but […]

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Rhone Blends / Rhone Varietal Blind Tasting

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Attended a blind Rhone Blend and Rhone Varietal tasting last night… Individual wines will be posted, but here is the summary… Methods… – As per usual, wines were all poured double blind and rated over 1-3 hours. – SanTasti pallet cleaning beverage was utilized. – Chinese food was eaten (our host recounted that Robert Parker himself […]

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Australia, Red Blend (Rhone Style), d’Arenberg, Stump Jump, McLaren Vale, 2006

Red Blend of: 48% Grenache, 28% Shiraz, and 24% Mourvedre. N/ Light burlap. Leather. Cherry. River stones. Tad hot. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Spice box. Dusty plums. Earth and graphite. Tobacco. Winemakers: Chester d’Arenberg Osborn, Phillip Dean, and Jack Walton Price = $10-16 retail. Very Good + / Brilliant -. 89 / 90

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USA, Grenache, Herman Story, “On the Road”, 2007

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One of the coolest labels, ever. C/ Blackness, I mean it. N/ Deeper than deep ripe tarn of death. Some boozed-laced candy and seared chocolate. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. If the color black could be made into a reduction sauce, it might taste like this.  Well, and it also has a plum floater on top. Herman […]

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