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~ Discover Grenache And It’s Many Faces~
Grenache is best known in the Southern Rhône, where its plush texture are tamed by savory Syrah and structured Mourvèdre, most notably in Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Grenache originates in Spain, where it is known as Garnacha and is important throughout the country, particularly in Rioja, where it is blended with the more austere Tempranillo, and in Priorat in tandem with savory Cariñena (Carignan). It is also responsible for dry, fruity rosés in Navarra and Tavel. In Sardinia, the variety is known as Cannonau and produces bold, rustic reds. In California, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and playing a supporting role in Rhône-style blends.
~ Selections To Be Tasted~
Piekenierskloof, South Africa
Produced from 60 year old bushvine Grenache, grown at over 2400ft in the cool climate of the mountainous Piekenierskloof without irrigation or chemicals. Put a little chill on it and this wine is perfect for summer night BBQ’s!
Decanter 92 Points: A soft, elegant wine with delicate red fruit and thyme aromas. Fresh raspberries and blackcurrants on the palate, rounded off with sweet cinnamon spice. This wine is unfined and unfiltered. Soft tannins make this a great food wine, which can be served chilled in the summer.
2015 Old Granacha Vine (OGV)
Wine Advocate 90 Points: Intense ruby color with garnet and purple hues. The aromas are intense with a great varietal expression. We have a lot of red and black berries, with some notes of spice, well integrated with vanilla and leather components coming from the barrel aging in American Oak. The wine is structured and has a very nice mouthfeel, but the tannins are soft and the finish is long.
2015 Domaine du Grand Tinel Châteauneuf-du-pape
Rhône Valley, France
Heres has only been made in three superior vintages; 2006, 2007, and the most recent release 2015. In total only 300 case’s were produced of the 2015 Vintage! Made exclusively from 100% old vine Grenache. In this cuvee, the fruit comes from the estate’s oldest vines, which are all over 110 years of age. Silky and concentrated, this is an incredible expression of old vine Grenache and not to be missed. A rare and fabulous wine!
Decanter 96 Points: The top cuvee of the estate, this wine is ripe, sexy and supple, with medium to full-bodied richness and depth on the palate, it has beautiful kirsch, orange rind, licorice, forest floor and underbrush qualities on the nose. Drinking well now, but this will age very nicely and continue to dish out loads of pleasure over the coming 15-20 years.
(Rare Bottle – Very Limited! )
2015 Domaine de l’Espigouette Côtes du Rhône
Rhône Valley, France
Domaine de l’ Espigouette is an organically grown vineyard that has been family run for four generations, and is located in the Rhone Valley of France. The estate is currently run by Bernard Latour, his wife, and his two sons Julian and Emilien; who carefully work the vineyard according to the climatic characteristics of vintage and different terroirs.
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points: This is a rare 100% Grenache Cote du Rhone. Dark, dense colored. Smells of dark cherries, clove and spice. Medium to full bodied with elegance and finesse. Balanced, long, and classy. This wine is the perfect example of the quality and value of Rhone Valley wines.
2015 Orin Swift Cellars Abstract
Napa Valley, California
The history of Orin Swift Cellars dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer and went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. His first job was at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997 as a temporary harvest worker. Deciding that if he was going to work this hard, it would eventually have to be for himself, so in 1998 he founded Orin Swift Cellars; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name. With two tons of zinfandel and not much else, he spent the next decade making wine for others as well as himself and grew the company into a multinational brand that now includes 300 acres of vineyards in the Southwest of France. This international ambition has led to projects in Spain, Italy, Corsica, Argentina and other locations around the globe.
Wine Advocate 92 Points: As soon as a glass is poured, aromatic notes of Luxardo cherries, ripe black plums and raspberries billow, with intricate hints of coffee, mocha and caramel in the background. The entry is expansive with dark briar fruits, cola and cocoa with tannins that are soft and dusty. The wine finishes with a hint of wild cherry and a lingering sweet oak presence.
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