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.
Made from bushvines that are about 75 years old, this tremendous Grenache is a vibrant pink-purple color and has deep peppery, fruit-sweet aromas. On the palate it's massive but controlled, iike a rhinoceros behind a steel wall. Intense plum and cherry fruit warms the palate. Dry tannins persist through the long, minerally finish. Drink after 2010.
Cropped at a measly half ton per acre, this is Clarendon Hills’ top Grenache bottling. It’s tighter and denser than the other, more flamboyant offerings, needing time in the bottle to develop. For now, it’s loaded with wonderfully pure blackberry and cassis fruit, but it promises to develop more complexity over the years; try from 2008–2020. Long and softly tannic…
This Grenache leaps into another dimension, with more concentration, earth, umami and salinity than ever before, yet it retains its elegance thanks to a crisp finish of raspberry and rock flavors. Reminiscent in a way to high-altitude Argentine Malbec, this will cellar well for a decade or more.
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.
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.
Yes, $50 is a stretch, but not for one of the finest Grenache-based wines in the world. The concentration is amazing, yet the wine isn't heavy or cloying. The tannins are plentiful, but velvety smooth. Cellar it for years, then marvel at how little you paid for it.
Caramel, floral and dried herb on the nose fuses elegantly with what follows in the mouth—juicy raspberry, plum and spice. Finishes in a crescendo of fruit and tannins that will only get better with time. Cellar Selection.
The bouquet of this wine made me very happy. Pure, intense raspberry-cherry, with spicy clove, cinnamon, vanilla. Fine and alluring. Tons of raspberry fruit in the mouth, with a roast coffee earthiness. Dry, clean, supple, elegant. A chef’s dream. Delicate, powerful, uplifted.