Some of my favorite Grenache Noir wines this past year. If you can't find them, try to source the next vintage when available -
Mathis 2012 Grenache, Sonoma Valley
This wine makes me smile, because you can’t think about the wine without thinking about the man behind it. Peter, a longtime friend of the restaurant, shows his heart and soul in every bottle. You can taste his passion and his expertise with every sip. His Sonoma Valley vines have been good to him, year after year, the wine may be slightly different, but the essence is the same - juicy, jammy fruit, peppery spice and long, lingering finish. This is a nicely balanced wine that is delicious with food.
Domaine La Barroche PURE, 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
One of my very favorite wines of all time. 97% Grenache grapes from 100 year old vines, picked by hand, made in concrete vats. Everything about this wine is special including the ‘pure’ white embossed label. What does it taste like? Well, picture the finest berries blended with hints of violet and rose petals, a dash of licorice and spice. Elegant, sophisticated and there is never enough of this to drink! Very, very limited production.
a tribute to grace 2013 Grenache, Santa Barbara Highlands
Angela Osborne, a New Zealand native, is living up to her well deserved press. She is without a doubt in my mind a “rockstarcowgirl” winemaker producing liquid gold. Her Grenache wines made from single source vineyards and each has its own personality. In particular, we are smitten with the Santa Barbara Highlands Grenache as it is graceful (no pun intended), whispers its nuances of savory-sweet flavor in a gentle way, I guess I would say almost feminine but strong. Complex yet straight forward and definitely taunting you to come back for more.