About Grenache Red Wine

About Grenache Red Wine
Grenache is the world's most widely planted red variety, yet its fame is primarily as a blending variety. The most famous examples are in the Rhone Valley as part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, in Spain (where it is known as Garnacha) in Priorat reds, and in Australia, where it is often blended with Shiraz.

Top Picks for Grenache

Particular 2014 Viñas Centenarias Old Vine Garnacha
94 points
$25
Garnet black color. Aromas of boysenberry, blueberry pie, hibiscus, pickled gherkins with dill, and cinnamon-spiced apples with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long strawberry coulis, ginger, graphite, and ground pepper finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, prim and polished grenache with tantalizing spicy undertones, creamy French oak and conversation-starting minerality.
Basalt Cellars 2015 GSM Red Blend Columbia Valley
94 points
$36
Dusty black violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe berry melange and pie crusts with a velvety, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with touches of chocolate genache, cured meats, salted caramel, and violet with moderate oak flavor. A delightful red that’s bursting at the seams with ripe fruit and meaty Syrah; will be well-loved.
Crux Winery 2015 GSM Red Blend Russian River Valley
94 points
$45
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of red velvet cake, ripe plum, and cherry sorbet with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length ripe berries, sage, spiced apple, black tea, licorice, and black pepper finish with moderate oak flavor. A charming Rhone Varietal Blend with excellent food affinity; lengthy.
Crux Winery 2015  Grenache
94 points
$45
Brown brick red color. Aromas of red licorice, dark chocolate, toasted pine nuts, and bacon with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, complex, long bread crumbs, hazelnut creme, fresh herbs, and anise finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Sweet aromas perfectly compliment a dry and lip-smackingly juicy palate; a serious Grenache that will be welcomed by all at the table.
Level 3 Wines 2016 Milestone GSM Blend Paso Robles
93 points
$45
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of freshly frosted blueberry cobbler, baklava, and ghee sautéed nuts with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, long finish that presents notes of black raspberry tart and creme anglaise with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A lush, juicy GSM blend that’s guaranteed to please.
Waving Tree NV Columbus Landing Red Blend Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre
93 points
$50
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of cafe au lait, black cassis, kirsch, black tea, and violet with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, layered, long caramel coated nuts and dried apricot finish with moderate oak flavor. A ready to drink, complex Rhone blend with intricate layers of toast, fruit, and florals.
Waving Tree 2011 Estate Grenache
93 points
$25
Ruby black color. Mature aromas of dried fruit studded gingerbread, cedar sauna, leather, fire roasted red pepper, rose syrup, marinated strawberry, and curry powder with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, subtle, long molasses cookie, pomegranate granita, pickled celery, and graphite finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A well-kept grenache that continues to give; wild floral character lies in layers and layers of flavor in this complex wine.
Paniza 2015 Última Garnacha
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered raspberry, pomegranate, black cassis, star anise, and sweet tobacco with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, long finish revealing notes of vanilla-sandalwood and smoky charcoal with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A flavor-packed wine complete with smoke, fruit, and spice that will be a great choice for grilled meats; a must-try, vivacious wine.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Pillsbury Wine Company 2016 Roan Red Blend Cochise County, Arizona
92 points
$30
Dusty dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dill, raspberry thicket, vanilla cookie, black tea, and green strawberry with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish revealing accents of huckleberry jam and mint with light oak flavor. A charmingly rustic, balanced and table-friendly red with wide appeal.
Curvare 2014  Grenache
92 points
$32
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cherries, melon rinds with a hint of pink peppercorn and coriander with a medium-to-full body. A smooth, delightful, medium-long finish imparting impressions of chocolate dried cherries, nuts, toasted oak. Crunchy tannins with a moderate oak flavor. A robust, flavorful grenache with a warming finish.