In France’s Southern Rhône, the three main varietals used to produce wine are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Grenache tends to be the most dominant grape used in the Rhône blends and provides soft, spiced berry flavors and a round mouthfeel. Syrah brings out a wild side to the blend with aromas of smoked meat, black pepper and olive tapenade and is bolstered by a muscular structure. Mourvèdre adds earth tones and gamy flavors with high amounts of color pigment and tannin. Another wine region that produces GSM blends is Australia. However, in the land down under Shiraz plays a larger part in the blend, and thus the wines are often labeled SGM. These wines are typically more fruit forward with plenty of vanilla and dark chocolate tones imparted by barrel aging. In California, the Rhône Rangers have made a name for themselves producing and promoting mainly Central Coast wines based on Rhône varietals. The intriguing part of GSM blends is that each region has its own climate and terroir, creating wines with plenty of individuality. Be sure to look through our GSM Wine Reviews for further insight into the world of GSM blends.
An extraordinarily decadent Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah blend, currently among the best in California. Hard to describe how delicious the raspberry, blackberry, chocolate, orange, granola, sandalwood and spice flavors are. There’s a rich, velvety, liqueur-like texture, and while the wine tastes fantastically sweet, it finishes dry, a marvelous achievement…
This is the first bottling of what will be the winery’s flagship Southern Rhône-inspired blend. It includes the first estate-grown fruit, and the rest from Alder Ridge. It has great concentration, and a tarry, jammy aspect that pushes the fruit into more richness and intensity. Complexity and ripeness shows right from the start, carrying through to a finish with…
Darker than most of the wines in a big Rhône tasting, this dramatic Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre bottling is full-bodied and rich. It offers waves of chocolate and blackberries, with oak providing a smoky, butterscotchy overlay. Drink this soft, flamboyant wine now.
With delicious texture and concentration, this Lake County blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from the 3,000-foot-high Fore Family Vineyard is intensely good, a deep reddish-purple blueberry-tinged infusion of earth and clove spice with dry, tight tannins and even a little lavender that’ll linger. This one’ll age, but is so convincingly reminiscent of the…
From the cave cooperative located in nearby Vacqueyras, this is a full-bodied, plushly textured wine that manages to avoid being too soft. Black cherry and garrigue notes are joined by hints of licorice and mocha on the long, layered finish. Drink now–2020.
For a Grenache-dominated (70%) blend, this shows outstanding structure. the firm tannins are slightly drying right now, but should smooth out nicely by 2012 and the wine should continue to drink well through at least 2020. Ripe cherry and cassis notes are framed by subtle cedary oak, imparting a sophisticated elegance to the long finish.
The blend is 40% Grenache, 35% Shiraz and 25% Mourvèdre, and the result is a compelling mix of dark, plummy fruit with brighter hints of raspberry, liniment and dried spices. It’s full bodied and creamy in texture, finishing long and lush with hints of clove and coffee. While approachable now, this wine’s track record for aging suggests it should evolve through at…
Starts off with mulberry, cola, vanilla and clove, and persists that way across the creamy-textured palate. A textbook Aussie blend, marrying immediate approachability with 5–8 years of ageability. Another fine effort from former Penfolds winemaker John Duval.