June 2022 - Grenache and Friends

June 2022 - Grenache and Friends
This month's Wine feature is All US Rhone Varietals Wines

Grenache and Friends Reviews

Lobo 2019 Howl Custom Red Blend Napa Valley
94 points
$70
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dark berry pie, nougat, pickled tomato and plum, and chocolate brownie with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long finish with notes of roasted nuts, jam on toast, and chocolate covered cherry with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sleek and seamless red blend that delivers oodles of juicy fruit in a well-poised package.
Crux Winery 2019 GSM Red Blend Russian River Valley
93 points
$47
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry chutney, pickled beets and carrots, chocolate mint, and eucalyptus honeycomb with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, long finish with impressions of blueberry cobbler, alpine herbal lozenge, and cedar pencil shavings with dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and spicy GSM with nice layers of herbal undertones and a fine, balanced mouthfeel.
Crux Winery 2018  Syrah
89 points
$42
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of grilled blueberries, ink and saddle soap, bacon wrapped dates, and asphalt with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, long finish with touches of cassis and thyme chutney, chocolate goji berry, and spiced nuts with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright and chewy Syrah with an exotic herbal character that will be fun to pair foods with.
Oso Libre Winery 2018 Carnal Red Blend Paso Robles
89 points
$44
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa nibs, coffee beans, dark roasted malt, red cherry, and dill with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish with notes of dark berry compote bordering on plum sauce, caraway, fruit leather, and pink pepper with well-integrated tannins. A juicy and warming red Rhone blend that is sipping nicely now.
Crux Winery 2018 GSM Red Blend Russian River Valley
88 points
$47
Dark garnet color. Medicinal aromas and flavors of medicinal herbs, blueberries with cocoa, aloe lotion, and pine sap with a satiny, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish that shows touches of marinated beets, dried eucalyptus, and spiced nuts with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very interesting herbal GSM with great table appeal; serve with spicy Mediterranean dishes.
Barefoot NV  Shiraz
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of melted chocolate berry bar, roasted coconut and nuts, and pumice and peppercorns with a supple, medium body and a medium smoked nuts and bacon bits, cedar, and raspberry tea finish. A solid, oak-accented Syrah for everyday pleasure.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Rosemary Manor 2020  Syrah
87 points
$25
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and hint of jerky with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish with accents of cherry tart and mocha and vanilla creams with soft tannins and light oak flavor. A smooth and easy drinking Syrah pleaser.
Crux Winery 2019 Campbell McKinney Vineyard Grenache
87 points
$47
Dusty garnet color. Green, herbal aromas and flavors of menthol mint lozenge, eucalyptus leaf, and blueberry-cranberry chutney with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, complex, medium-long finish displaying shades of marinated cherries and beets, cedar, and cocoa with crunchy, earthy tannins and light oak flavor. An intensely herbal Grenache that will play nicely with spicy meat and vegetable driven meal.
Dh Lescombes 2017 Limited Release Petite Sirah
86 points
$41
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of almond joy, black forest cake, and hint of suede with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium finish with shades of black plum, spiced cherries, and cracked black pepper with medium tannins and light oak flavor. A dense port-like Petite Syrah with nice layers of mouth-warming fruit and American oak flavors.
Dh Lescombes 2016 Double Barrel Limited Release Petite Sirah
86 points
$117
Garnet color. Aromas of creamy dark chocolate, ruby port, and coconut macaroon with a medium body and a medium sauteed almonds, chocolate covered pomegranate and blueberries, and ripe dark red berries with caramelized cheese finish. An interesting and dense red to serve with cheese and desserts.
Black Box 2019  Shiraz
85 points
$19.98
Garnet black color. Confected aromas of berry meringue pie and pound cake, honey cherry vinaigrette, and coconut cream with a satiny, medium body and a medium chocolate toffee and vanilla pudding finish. A robustly fruity, pie-like Syrah that will appeal to fans of Zinfandel.
85 points $19.98
Crux Winery 2020 Caties Corner Vineyard Grenache Blanc
85 points
$34
Yellow straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of lemon-peach custard tart, honey-buttered biscuit, and spiced caramelized apple with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, agreeable finish displaying overtones of asian pear, persimmon, and toasted almond with crunchy, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A supple and nuanced white wine with nice table appeal.
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