Tag Archives: Grenache

Lucques Rouge, 2010, North Coast, California

14 Jan

DSC03193A blend of Syrah and Grenache sourced from select North Coast vineyards by celebrated winemaker Pax Mahle, who makes some of the most talked-about California Syrah of recent years. Lucques sees no oak, only stainless steel and concrete. It’s fresh, approachable wine meant for everyday enjoyment. Try it with anything from pizza to pasta to lighter meat dishes. $22

RESSò Garnacha “Old Vines,” 2012, Catalunya, Spain

12 Jan

DSC03178“Ressò” is Catalan for “echo,” and this old-vine Garnacha is so-named for its representation of the terroir and climate of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Complex, floral nose loaded with red fruit. Candied strawberries and black raspberry flavors are augmented by licorice, mineral and peppery notes. Try this beauty with hard Spanish chorizo and aged Manchego cheese. $8

Domaine de Nalys, 2010, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France

15 Oct

015From an extraordinary vintage in the Rhône, this red shows ripe, spicy aromatics with loads of red berry notes. Cinnamon and blackberries dance on the palate to create a harmonious and complete package, with a long, fruit-driven finish that stays fresh and vibrant to the very end. Roast pork loin and baked apples would suit this stunner nicely. $49

Domaine de la Verde, 2011, Vacqueyras, France

15 Oct

014Perfumed and forward, with a nice sandalwood note leading the way for cooked raspberry and red currant. Smoldering cardamom and tea notes enliven the lengthy finish. Suave, muscular southern-Rhône red that would do well with bison steaks au poivre. $20