Grenache

Grenache is a hearty, productive red grape popular in southern France (especially Southern Rhône) as well as in Spain, where it is called Garnacha. Grenache produces powerful wines that offer medium alcohol, low acidity and an overall deep raspberry or wild strawberry flavor. It is also an excellent grape for use in fortified wines, as demonstrated in Banyuls, Rivesaltes and Maury. It is also popular in Australia as a key component of G-S-M blends. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Grenache wines among our extensive Grenache wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Grenache reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Grenache, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Cayuse 2011 Armada Vineyard God Only Knows Grenache (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

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  1. $90

Intensely aromatic, this carries a wealth of layered flavors consistent with past vintages. Umami, sea salt, mineral and Provençal herbs comingle, with a rich component of raspberry, plum and cherry compôte. More layers appear through the finish, with orange liqueur and a whiff of tanned leather.

 — P.G.  (2/1/2015)
96
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Donkey & Goat 2012 Grenache Noir (El Dorado)

  1. $27

Spicy in aroma and mouthfeel, this is a wondrous wine, gorgeous in lovely ripe cherry and strawberry notes that are completely enveloped in thrills of white pepper. Those who love cool climate Rhônes will find much to ponder and celebrate. Racy, it is fragrant and lean, made without fining or filtering. Seek this one out.

 — V.B.  (11/1/2013)
95
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Zaca Mesa 2007 Grenache (Santa Ynez Valley)

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  1. $32

This spectacular 100% Grenache is a huge success. It’s so delicious, you can hardly stop drinking it. Just oozes in raspberry and red cherry purée and caramelized, smoky oak richness, yet is thoroughly dry. An amazing, unforgettable wine that establishes a new benchmark for California Grenache from this winery that was an early pioneer in Rhône varieties.

 — S.H.  (10/1/2010)
95
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Horsepower 2011 Sur Echalas Vineyard Grenache (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

  1. $110

Densely planted and labor intensive (it is actually tilled by Belgian draft horses), the vineyard’s first releases have been eagerly anticipated, and do not disappoint. Floral highlights are stacked over a swirl of umami, with subtle power and airiness. Delicate and tense, it’s packed with brambly berry flavors, minerally acids and fine-grained tannins.

 — P.G.  (2/1/2015)
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No Girls 2011 La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

  1. $65

This vineyard was planted specifically for the No Girls project. The wine is fresh, fragrant and intensely floral, with a mix of rosewater and orange zest. Elegant, with a delicate, lacy texture, the flavors are savory and salty, braced with stiff, lightly peppery tannins. Notes of funk and mushroom come into play as it finishes gracefully and with unexpected length.

 — P.G.  (2/1/2015)
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Epoch Estate Wines 2011 Veracity Paderewski Vineyard Grenache Blend (Paso Robles)

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  1. $65

Remarkably inky in color for a Grenache-based blend, it features strong aromas of cedar, meat and deeply purple fruit. The soft, rich mouthfeel coats the palate like a luxurious lacquer, and features flavors of blackberry jam, macerated cherry and vanilla-spiced plums. The blend of florals, herbals, fruit and oak-driven tannins is masterful. Drink now by itself or…

 — M.K.  (9/1/2014)
95
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Maison Bleue 2011 Boushey Vineyard Le Midi Grenache (Yakima Valley)

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  1. $45

This was fermented with 50% whole clusters, which slows down and evens up the process. Along with rich flavors of black raspberry fruit, it’s dense with savory herbs and marvelous details of earth and forest floor. Delicious now, but just wait until 2020–2022!

 — P.G.  (7/1/2014)
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Maison Bleue 2010 Boushey Vineyard Le Midi Grenache (Yakima Valley)

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  1. $35

As excellent as this was was in 2009, the 2010 has reached an almost-ethereal level. The aromatics alone are transportive, with the concentrated essence of raspberries and blueberries at optimal ripeness. The flavors are deep and long, elegant and powerful, and they lead into a finish that’s anchored in notes of mineral and dark chocolate.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2013)
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