A Tribute to Grace Wines

Santa Barbara Highlands Grenache

9.365 ratings
9.428 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
Grenache
Top Notes For
Vinny Eng

The first words to be spoken after a quaf and a soif: I love you. Harmonious and heartfelt, truly.

The first words to be spoken after a quaf and a soif: I love you. Harmonious and heartfelt, truly.

3 people found it helpfulFeb 20th, 2014
Steven Morgan

Wine Director Formento's

9.5

This has really settled into a groove over time and was in a great place.

This has really settled into a groove over time and was in a great place.

3 people found it helpfulFeb 9th, 2014
Wolfgang Weber

Quiet strength indeed, full on delicious.

Quiet strength indeed, full on delicious.

1 person found it helpfulJul 14th, 2014
Marc Stubblefield

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

9.3

Great raspberry Grenache fruit, layered, feminine and complex - but most of all this is balanced. I rarely drink Grenache that is this complete without feeling the oomph of high ABV. It's a marvel, and worth noting this has developed (in a positive way) with a little extra time in the bottle.

Great raspberry Grenache fruit, layered, feminine and complex - but most of all this is balanced. I rarely drink Grenache that is this complete without feeling the oomph of high ABV. It's a marvel, and worth noting this has developed (in a positive way) with a little extra time in the bottle.

Nov 30th, 2015
Mark Cartland

Roses and raspberries. Showing a touch of oxidation. Tastes like a raspberry cordial; very silky and feminine. Yum!

Roses and raspberries. Showing a touch of oxidation. Tastes like a raspberry cordial; very silky and feminine. Yum!

Sep 22nd, 2015
Cary Quintana

This 2011 is drinking absolutely amazing!

This 2011 is drinking absolutely amazing!

Mar 26th, 2015
Cary Quintana

2011 has evolved beautifully; elegant, fresh, with beautiful bright red fruit....

2011 has evolved beautifully; elegant, fresh, with beautiful bright red fruit....

Mar 23rd, 2015
Brash Higgins

2011 changed in the glass from toasted coconuts-lime sherbet to caramel bananas-a bit sweet but opened into something irresistible w pork neck

2011 changed in the glass from toasted coconuts-lime sherbet to caramel bananas-a bit sweet but opened into something irresistible w pork neck

Mar 14th, 2015
Matté

Manager The Wine Cellars

9.4

Straight out the bottle-
Nose has a very attractive red cherry and berry fruit character more towards cherry pie than fresh cherries, light touch of cinnamon and wet rosebud.
In the mouth, though light in body the mid palate has some serious depth and there's a great cut of acidity through sweet (though not jammy) redcurrant and spiced raspberry fruit.

After a few hours in the decanter

Wild strawberry starts coming to the fore along with touches of black olive. In the mouth there is more grip on the attack and that red fruit has firmed up and become more concentrated. Length is decent and more savoury than earlier with a very refreshing finish.

By no means a shouty take on Grenache this is honest, elegant and lives up to its name and Angela's ethos. It's a nourishing wine that is all too easy to drink, the fruit is incredibly attractive and almost belie's the wines formidable structure. Understated and one of the best 100% Grenache wines that I can remember drinking.
94+pts (good short to medium term ageing potential, come back in 5 years)

Straight out the bottle-
Nose has a very attractive red cherry and berry fruit character more towards cherry pie than fresh cherries, light touch of cinnamon and wet rosebud.
In the mouth, though light in body the mid palate has some serious depth and there's a great cut of acidity through sweet (though not jammy) redcurrant and spiced raspberry fruit.

After a few hours in the decanter

Wild strawberry starts coming to the fore along with touches of black olive. In the mouth there is more grip on the attack and that red fruit has firmed up and become more concentrated. Length is decent and more savoury than earlier with a very refreshing finish.

By no means a shouty take on Grenache this is honest, elegant and lives up to its name and Angela's ethos. It's a nourishing wine that is all too easy to drink, the fruit is incredibly attractive and almost belie's the wines formidable structure. Understated and one of the best 100% Grenache wines that I can remember drinking.
94+pts (good short to medium term ageing potential, come back in 5 years)

Jan 19th, 2015
Nicole DeCicco

MAGNUM.

MAGNUM.

Dec 23rd, 2014