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

Villa Roya 2018 Generación De Pasión Grenache
93 points
$16
Best Buy
Brown brick red color. Aromas of dried dark berries, raspberry, pomegranate, sun dried tomato, and fresh violet with a full body and a long red currant, cranberry cherry juice, pomegranate, and chinese five spice finish. A great blend of fruit and savory aromas and flavors; ideal to pair with an entree or cheese course.
93 points $16 Best Buy
Jaraman 2020  Grenache
92 points
$22
Bright garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, strawberry liqueur, and graphite with a velvety, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, involved, long finish with shades of rhubarb, peppercorns, mint jelly, and fennel seed with light oak flavor. A juicy, spicy Grenache that’s easy to love, pair and enjoy.
Awards: 2021 Best Grenache
Comartin Cellars 2018 Cuvée Cassidy Santa Ynez Valley
92 points
$44
Ruby black color. Aromas of lingonberry preserves, ripe peach, pickled cherries, baking spices, and mint with a supple, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, involved, long vanilla-almond-fudge gelato, orange zest, and cranberry crisp cake finish with heavy oak flavor. A rich and luxurious GSM with style and nuance.
Robert Hall 2018 Cavern Select Red Blend Paso Robles
92 points
$50
Dark deep purple color. Spicy aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, spiced plums, and mulled pomegranate juice with a slightly chewy, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A concentrated, spicy blend that will be a joy at the table.
Thorn-Clarke 2018 Shotfire GSM Red Blend Barossa Valley
92 points
$27
Black violet color. Aromas of blistered blackberry, sweet tea, carnation, and smoked meats with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, amusing, medium-long cinna-mint finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An inky GSM from Down Under with bold flavors and well-integrated tannins.
Jacob Franklin 2019 Judge Family Vineyard Grenache
91 points
$48
Ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of honey-drizzled fresh berries, slate, and hints of sweet pea blossom with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, delightful, medium-long finish conveying notes of strawberry and rose hips with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward and exuberant Grenache with distinctive floral nuance.
Lorenzi Estate 2018 Macho Grenacho Block Estate Reserve Grenache
90 points
$45
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry and raspberry, burnt toast, vanilla, kola nut, and and cardamon with a silky, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that presents impressions of bramble berry, plum, baking spice, and earl grey tea with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich, brooding, and bold wine to pair with grilled steaks and sausages.
Monte De Oro 2017 Cuvée De Oro Red Blend Temecula Valley
90 points
$34
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted cashews, vanilla, cedar, clove, cinnamon, and smoked leeks with a supple, lively, off-dry light body and a smooth, captivating, breezy finish displaying accents of dried strawberries, black pepper, clay, and peppercorns with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A distinctive GSM blend with super ripe fruit notes and a complex and charming palate.
Jacob Franklin 2018 Judge Family Vineyard Grenache
90 points
$48
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum, Montmorency cherry, spiced strawberry tart, and geranium with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish light body and a graceful, medium-length finish imparting impressions of seedy toast with light oak flavor. Graceful Sonoma style, great integration and balance.
Brecon Estate 2018  Grenache
90 points
$49
Bright garnet color. Attractive aromas of cranberry, wild strawberry, ripe plum, raspberry leaf, and hints of raisin pastry with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long hints of caramel, forest berry tea, tonka bean, and saffron finish with light oak flavor. A downright charming, somewhat Francophone Grenache for celebratory quaffing and joyous pairing.