Sunday, October 12, 2014

The skinny on Grenache.

The ton of Grenache that Vinomaker was promised did not materialise.  Vinomaker was a little disappointed, but it means we are done drinking Grenache, at least for the time being.
The Skinner, 2010, Eighteen Sixty-One (El Dorado AVA) was quite a delightful wine (really a GSM with a little Cunoise thrown in).  With oodles of dark berry, raspberry and cedar-spiciness, Eighteen Sixty-One was not a particularly cheap wine, at around $27.00, but it was worth it.
The cheapest wine, at $11.49, in this little gargle was the Famille Chaudière, 2012, Le Paradou (Côtes du Ventoux AOC).  Le Paradou was great value for money and very easy on the palate, loved it.
And, now, the also-rans;
Calavera, 2011, Dalton Vineyard (Sierra Foothills AVA) $26.00.
Wow!  This wine would cure the most severe case of gingivitis, as in it would remove all gum tissue leaving the drinker with just their calavera!
Elizabeth Spencer, 2012, Special Cuvée (Mendocino AVA) $21.49.
Not bad, but certainly not great.
Yangarra, 2012, Old Vine (McLaren Vale) $24.49.
The label notes say this wine shows "elegance".  They've got to be kidding me, drinking this wine was like being hit in the mouth by a Mack truck.
Dashe, 2012, Les Enfants Terribles (Dry Creek Valley AVA) $22.49.
And terrible it was.  'Nough said.
In conclusion, I'd have to say that my little investigative experiment with Grenache didn't teach me much, except that Grenache does come in a lot of different styles from a lot of different places.  And that's the skinny on Grenache.


Thud said...

Funny girl.

Vinogirl said...

Thud: Funny was probably the look on my face when encountering the high acidity and high alcohol in some of these wines, yikes!

Thomas said...

Ventoux wines seem always a bargain.

About Last Weekend said...

Wow, Dashe, $22 and terrible. That's tirrible Muriel

Thomas said...

VG: Have I ever asked if you've tried Banyuls?

It's why chocolate was invented...and it's Grenache.

Vinogirl said...

Tomasso: Yes, would buy that one again.

ALW: That's cool, you are a Kiwi that can type in Australian :)

Tomasso: Yes, I have, but long ago when the younger me did not appreciate such wines. I shall endeavour to acquire a bottle soon. Thanks for the reminder.