You may also know it as Spanish Garnacha or Cannonau in Sardinia, but regardless of what you call it Grenache is well-suited to a variety of warm climates throughout the world -- from southern France to Australia and California.
The grape is thought to have originated in Sardinia and was brought to Spain by subjects of the Crown of Aragon who controlled Sardinia. From Spain, Grenache then crossed the Pyrenees to southern France where it's used in Rhone blend wines.
In the Priorat region of Spain and France’s Chaeauneuf-du-Pape, the poor soils and low yields produce concentrated, complex wines worthy of aging. These better examples may have notes of black currants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, roasted nuts and figs. The dry rosés of Lirac and Tavel with flavors of strawberries and cream are among the best in the world. Grenache can also be used to make port-like sweet dessert wines, especially in Australia.
RP8989 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Sep 2021 A tank-aged blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre, the medium to full-bodied 2019 Tessellae Old Vines is dominated by bright, mouthwatering fruit: from raspberries to blueberries, with touches of blackberries swirled in, and just enough black olives and soft tannins on the finish to leave behind a dry, savory impression. Drink it over the next several years. (Joe Czerwinski)Premier SelectPremier Select wines are handpicked by our staff from amongst thousands of wines for their exceptional quality. They're made by a top producer and comparable to wines at twice the cost.
JD90+90–92 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/8/2021 The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape is downright classy, with impressive darker berry fruits as well as peppery garrigue and spice-driven aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has wonderful purity, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 11th Nov 2021 The incredibly young and juicy 2020 Garnacha was produced with grapes from different villages, Corella, Cintruénigo, Fitero and Lerga, hence a regional blend that for the first time contains grapes from the cooler Lerga that adds lower pH, more freshness and complexity to the blend. They do a soft extraction in stainless steel using 20% full clusters and indigenous yeasts, achieving a wine with moderate alcohol (13.47%) and good freshness (pH 3.47). I felt like the wine had gone one step up in complexity and depth from the previous vintage; it’s precise, harmonious, elegant and nuanced and keeps varietal purity. It’s medium-bodied and has very fine tannins with herbal freshness, reminiscent of acid berries and bay leaf. This is a steal! One to buy by the case… 137,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2021.
SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2022 Very open and expressive, with a burst of dark cherry preserve backed by a hint of anise. Features a flash of warm earth that keeps it just honest enough on the finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now. 30,000 cases made, 1,500 cases imported.
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2022 This full-bodied version is balanced and well-knit, enlivened by racy acidity and a fragrant tang of fresh herbs, offering flavors of kirsch, toast, fig cake and smoke wrapped around taut tannins. Ends with a juicy, spiced finish. Garnacha, Syrah and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2029. 5,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported.
JS8989 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, March 3, 2022 Charming and floral, this dances across your palate and into your heart. I love the light-footed character of this southern red that’s so easy to make friends with. A blend of grenache and cinsault. From organically grown grapes. Drink now.
SP9696 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2022 Dark and a bit reticent still, showing a very deep well of dark plum, boysenberry and blackberry puree flavors scored by roasted apple wood and licorice root notes. Features serious drive on the finish, with a tannic spine that easily shoulders the load of fruit, while a subtle mineral note peeks through. This is built for the cellar. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2024 through 2038. 500 cases made, 50 cases imported. (James Molesworth)JD95+95–97 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 12/14/2020 The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Spéciale is similarly deep purple hued and has a ripe, sexy style that’s very much in the vintage. Loads of black raspberries, Asian spices, candied flowers, and peppery garrigue give way to a full-bodied, concentrated, powerful wine with terrific balance, plenty of ripe and polished tannins, and a great finish. It’s a ripe, opulent wine that stays graceful and beautifully balanced. My money is on it benefiting from 4–5 years of bottle age, and it should have two decades of longevity. (Jeb Dunnuck)
WE8787 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2020 Despite being a near even split of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre, it’s the former that shines, billowing notes of flowers, tangy raspberries and black cherries followed by something meaty, savory and spicy and towing heavy-set cola scented oak. The palate feels a little overworked, lacking some freshness — the mouthfeel is rich and broad with ripe red and black fruit, chunky, savory tannins and oak, but it’s saved at the last minute by an appealing lift of tangy fruit.