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Crux Winery

Crux Winery
2016 Grenache, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Grenache

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$45
Cellar Selection

Crux Winery
2016 Grenache, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Grenache

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4%
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.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style:
Aroma Aroma: chocolate ganache, ripe berries, crystalized violet petals, eucalyptus, and creme de menthe
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of tobacco, blueberry, and lavender
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A concentrated Grenache that explodes with ripe fruit, bright florals and alluring herbacousness; a must try.

The Producer

Crux Winery

The Producer
18850 Hassett Lane, Bldg C
Geyserville, CA 95441
USA
1 707-837-8061

Their Portfolio

86 Crux Winery 2016 GSM Rosé, Russian River Valley 13.7% (USA) $24.00.
92 Crux Winery 2014 GSM, Russian River Valley 14.6% (USA) $42.00.
90 Crux Winery 2014 Syrah, Russian River Valley 14.6% (USA) $38.00.
90 Crux Winery 2013 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
90 Crux Winery 2015 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 15.6% (USA) $36.00.
96 Crux Winery 2016 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 15.3% (USA) $38.00.
94 Crux Winery 2015 Grenache, Russian River Valley 14.7% (USA) $45.00.
94 Crux Winery 2015 GSM Red Blend, Russian River Valley 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
BR Crux Winery 2016 Viognier, Alexander Valley 13.8% (USA) $30.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Crux Winery 2015 Syrah, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $40.00.
93 Crux Winery 2014 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley 14.6% (USA) $45.00.
90 Crux Winery 2017 Catie’s Corner Vineyard Grenache Blanc, Russian River Valley 13.2% (USA) $30.00.
88 Crux Winery 2017 Viognier, Alexander Valley 13.7% (USA) $30.00.
93 Crux Winery 2016 Grenache, Russian River Valley 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
93 Crux Winery 2016 GSM Red Wine, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $45.00.
90 Crux Winery 2016 Syrah, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $40.00.
92 Crux Winery 2015 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley 14.7% (USA) $45.00.
87 Crux Winery 2017 GSM Red Blend, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $45.00.
89 Crux Winery 2017 Syrah, Russian River Valley 13.7% (USA) $42.00.
89 Crux Winery 2016 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley 15.1% (USA) $45.00.
87 Crux Winery 2018 Estate, Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.1% (USA) $40.00.

Grenache

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
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.

Grenache on its own is a light red wine; indeed there are numerous versions of Grenache rosé from France and Spain' respectively, these wines are Tavel and Navarra Rosé. Tannins are very light and aromas are of wild strawberry, rhubarb and geranium.

There are also small amounts of Grenache grown in Italy (in Sardinia, as Cannonau) and the United States.