Sine Qua Non

Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie Grenache 2015

Shay A

I had the ‘15 counterpart, the Syrah, about a year ago and was shocked at how accessible it was. This isn’t as open, but it’s not far off. The bottle was poured blind to a group of 5-7 of us. I called this 5yr old SQN Grenache. For my taste, nobody in the new world can do Grenache like Manfred. Seductively aromatic and spice driven, showing cracked black pepper, spicy rhubarb and red fruits with herbs de Provence. Lifted profile due to the use of whole cluster. Great acidity. The dominant notes of red fruits are highlighted by just a touch of blue and black fruits, with dark cocoa, potpourri and cherry jerky. A baby, but a glimpse at a monster in 5-7yrs. Thank you @Keith Fisher . — 8 days ago

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@Shay A : agreed...great stuff.
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So true on the Grenache comment.

Two Shepherds

Saralee's Vineyard Grenache 2014

This wine is hitting a peak. A confectionary note over cool rhubarb, dried flowers, and red currants. Lenny of acidity and a dusting of tannins commingle with more fresh red fruit and a dash of sweet spice in my mouth. Just delicious! — 9 days ago

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Jack Creek Cellars

Kruse Vineyard Grenache

Kind of a pretty pink purple to look at in the glass. Smells more floral than fruity. Dark cherry smoke with medium body rolls on the tongue, leaving a lasting finish. Medium to light tannins. This is an easy-drinking lovely wine. We paired it with brothy tomato based fish soup. It worked very well! Give it a try.. I think you will be impressed! — 5 days ago


Prodigal Grenache 2009

This is really good. I took a risk as I thought this may have gone past it’s drinking window but it’s alive and well. Needs 30 minutes of air and then there is plenty of ripe, dark fruit which also gives some strawberry sweetness on the finish with additional spice. Nose is rich with blackberries, some oak, spice and sweet apple. Colour is vibrant red, showing some light brown / orange edges. — 3 days ago

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Torbreck Vintners

Les Amis Grenache 2009

If someone served this to me blind I’m pretty sure I’d be able to tell this was from Australia.... but in a good way. If you like a lot of toasted oak slathered in berries, this is for you. Long, long 60 second finish. It’s not 98 points but it’s very good — 8 days ago

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Top Winery

Precession Grenache 2014

This wine got my attention-inaugural release yet shows sophistication and harmony. I decanted to let some of fruit simmer down. This is a wine that could pair with many foods. Has heft yet not heavy. A Grenache that I want more of! — 9 days ago

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Sine Qua Non

Stein California Grenache 2012

2012 Vintage in a shorter 750 ml bottle. Big wine from a small bottle that is ready to enjoy but no rush to drink up. @Shay A notes are spot on. At this point, better than the 2012 Stein Syrah but give that more time. — 2 days ago

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Shay A

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Just a mind blowing wine right now!

Alban Vineyards

Alban Estate Vineyard Grenache 2012

Awesome. Can definitely detect the effects of age - the intensity of the fruit has definitely diminished - but the underlying intensity is still there. Excellent! — 3 days ago

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Stolpman Vineyards

Ballard Canyon Grenache 2014

🍷👍🏻 prior to having this, did not know that they made a Grenache — 7 days ago

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Domaine du Gour de Chaulé

Cuvée Tradition Gigondas Grenache 2015

Holy smokes. It’s been a couple of years since I last drank this traditional producer’s wine and while the winemaking style is consistent (non-interventionalist), the 2015 vintage was particularly flattering. From the pop and pour, this was bursting with character. Loads of pure, crunchy red fruit, cracked black pepper, spices, garrigue...intensely spicy actually which I’m sure comes from the fact they don’t ever de-stem. What a lovely wine and it was positively smashing with our meal. Definitely the best I’ve tried from Gour de Chaulé. Bravo!! — 23 days ago

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