Rhône Grenache Blend

Château Rayas

Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend 2005

Whatever you want to call me , Rayas fanboy, groupie, fanatic, I am guilty as charged.
After a night of drinking some very special burgundy and champagne , I pulled this out as the evenings festivities were coming to an end. No decant just a pop and pour . Like a great racehorse it overcame many challenges and handicaps before it emerged victorious . Meteorites of cherry, raspberry and mint assault your nose. In the mouth, pure red fruit is joined by pepper and earth where it all combines to stage a “sit in “ that does not end. A gift from Bacchus
— 16 days ago

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Pinotman /// Andreas

Pinotman /// Andreas

And now Syrah is grown in Germany (not a joke) and soon Grenache in Norway (a joke).
Gregory Fulchiero

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It’s good to mount a unicorn 🦄 every now and then - cheers to you
Byron Hewett

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Ira, I am with you. I love Rayas and am fortunate to have a few. The prices, though, are nuts!

Burle

Vacqueyras 2010

Ripe, red-fruited Grenache, minerality, still shows some structure, but drinking very well tonight, the first Burle wines I’d bought since the 1989/1990 Gigondas which you were so fine!! — 5 days ago

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M. Chapoutier

Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône White Rhone Blend 2020

Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of peaches, quince, tangerine, white flowers and minerals. Medium bodied with a bit of heft. Slightly oily finish. Elegant and nicely nuanced. — 4 days ago

Brotte

Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages Grenache Blend 2018

A nice Cotes du Rhone to go with the steak frites and moules frites. — 8 days ago

Spencer, Debra and 1 other liked this

Famille Perrin

Réserve Côtes du Rhône White Blend 2020

Rhône white of Grenache Blanc, with some Viognier, Marsanne, Rousanne with deep floral notes. Fresh, and easy drinking. — 2 days ago

Peter, Andrew and 17 others liked this

Romain Duvernay

Costieres De Nimes Grenache Blend

2020 Vintage - 85%- Grenache 10% -Syrah and 5%- Mourvèdre - dark color purple rim, aromas Black Cherry , Black licorice, leafy -seems like whole cluster ,soft tannins fun , but rather simple — 16 days ago

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Château de Trinquevedel

Tavel Rosé Grenache 2020

Watermelon and wet stone nose it just SMELLS thirst-quenching. All that on the palate plus raspberries and a hint of finder lime and pink peppercorn—which is to say floral without being floral. And something sappy and makes me think of the color ultramarine. It is also salmon pink taffeta in texture and feel.
Trinquevedel has historically a favorite of mine—I feel Iike this vintage is a bit more coy than others. A little less generous but give the glass time and it gives up pithy gems. Whether open upfront or mysterious but complex it always keeps me coming back.
— 19 days ago

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@Beth Hamilton thank you for the feedback! It’s funny, I have a weird synesthesia that makes me picture colors and fabrics when I taste wine, but I don’t want to do that if it grossed people out! Can I ask what it is that makes you say “bleck”? Are you imagining putting the fabric in your mouth?
Beth Hamilton

Beth Hamilton

Ha ha no no I’m just picturing salmon pink taffeta dresses of the 80s. With puffed sleeves and stiff skirts.. It makes me think of when everyone was ordering white Zinfandel.  I’d rather drink a wine that was described as a black satin negligé or a lush red velvet cape. But it was definitely evocative! And if that’s what it taste like then that’s what it tastes like! It’s on me for not being enticed by that description. 
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@Beth Hamilton oh interesting! Yeah this definitely isn’t white zin 🤣

Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

Les Choregies Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2015

Now we’re headed to the Southern Rhône and more specifically one of our favorite “Cru” appellations; the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, which may feature up to 13 sanctioned varieties as part of its blend, though it’s commonly dominated by Grenache and Mourvèdre. These blends can lead to delightfully complex and balanced wines.

This particular wine is medium ruby with notable tearing. On the nose and palate, we’re finding black cherry, blackberry, fig paste, prune; also black licorice, anise, cardamom, graphite, grape seed, leather, tobacco, meat, garrigue, and forest floor notes.

Overall this wine has a dried fruit and earthy, spicy/savory expression. It’s complex, balanced, and intense. The tannins are firm and grippy. The alcohol is high (15%). This wine has the bone structure to continue aging but is a pleasure to drink now.

According to @winespectator 2015 was a great vintage for late-ripening varieties in the Southern Rhône, as it was sunny, warm and dry through July, leading to reds that are “rich, ripe and full of powerful fruit.” 🎯

Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Choregies 2015.
— 2 days ago

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Domaine le Sang des Cailloux

Cuvée Floureto Vacqueyras Red Rhone Blend 2019

2019 vintage. Last tasted 4.6.22. Medium-medium/heavy body. It’s got the garrigue stink (Mediterranean herbs/native scrub flora…similar to the Southern California herbs/native scrub & chaparral) and smoky nose. Prominent lavender, fudgie flavors thin out slightly on the finish. Definitely brooding. Hide a bottle or two away for future considerations but it’s firing now. Not a lot of Vacqueyras juice escapes from France (not a lot made) since it’s a relatively smallish, SoRhô (Southern Rhône) area. Generally, fantastic value play on resto lists or in the retail world. This one is no exception. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault/Mouvèdre mystery combo. Vines are 35-40 years old. If you encounter this out in the wild, throw a net over it and wrangle it back to camp. — 15 days ago

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Cellier des Princes

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2016

Ming L
8.9

Spotted this 100-year co-op bottling front the great 16’ vintage for only $25, and could not resist to pick up one.
Stewed black and blue berries, black currant, ripe raspberry, dry herbs, hint of cured meat and leather on the nose. Medium body. The candied red fruits on the the palate feels a bit syrupy to me. The medium acidity leaning towards sour.
Predominately Grenache. Great price for a CdP.
— 12 days ago

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