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 ganache, 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.
Crux Winery 2016  Grenache
93 points
$45
Ruby black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate ganache, ripe berries, crystalized violet petals, eucalyptus, and creme de menthe with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, long finish revealing suggestions of tobacco, blueberry, and lavender with moderate oak flavor. A concentrated Grenache that explodes with ripe fruit, bright florals and alluring herbaceousness; a must try.
Crux Winery 2016 GSM Red Wine Russian River Valley
93 points
$45
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of ripe strawberry, ripe tomato, basil, and kid leather with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long plum tart with balsamic reduction, bay leaf, chocolate mousse, and coffee finish with moderate oak flavor. A mature wine that offers distinctive alluring aromas and highly pairable flavors.
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.
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.