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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 3 
ProducerJemrose (web)
VineyardFoggy Knoll
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationBennett Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2016 (based on 8 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.1 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 49 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by wino121 on 6/29/2015 & rated 88 points: While good on the nose, and pretty in the glass,
this btl lacked mid-palete depth, and the finish med -.
I don't see holding this will help it gain weight.
Certainty not as good as my last btl.
Paired with grilled/roasted pork loin. (335 views)
 Tasted by SLOFred on 5/30/2015 & rated 90 points: Definitely a full bodied grenache. A one hour decant through the vinturi helped. I doubt it will age more. Very varietal with red fruit. Lingering after taste. (456 views)
 Tasted by SLOFred on 3/27/2015 & rated 90 points: Very nice. Much fuller bodied than the last time I had this wine. Good fruit flavors. Don't know how it will age much better, but a serviceable bottle at this point! (803 views)
 Tasted by David_T on 3/22/2015 & rated 89 points: My last of two bottles. Drinking well now but should last another year or two. The aromas are mostly red fruit along with some smoky notes. The palate also shows black cherry & raspberry notes but also grilled meat and smoke. Light tannins, medium acidity and a fairly long finish. (838 views)
 Tasted by Diama on 3/20/2015 & rated 89 points: Still very closed and refuses to reveal herself. Tannins are high for a CA Grenache, but are quite fine and very much in line with those from Spain and CdP. What sets this wine apart is the extremely restrained fruit due to the cool climate origins in Bennett Valley. There is good acidity, but instead of bright fruit there is a lot of secondary tobacco, wood and spice with some sour cherry. With four hours of patience, I started to get some garrigue, blood and menthol. This should be better integrated in 2-3 years even if the fruit doesn't come to the party. (818 views)
 Tasted by SLOFred on 2/8/2015 & rated 91 points: Really full bodied for a Grenache. 3 hour decant. Still a good degree of tannin given the decant time. Could go a few more years. (1375 views)
 Tasted by tomherer on 1/28/2015: Enjoyed this a bit less than in 07/2014 -- A small portion of the fruit gave way to muddiness, and the clipped finish is more pronounced. Still a very good bottle of wine -- 87-89 if scoring -- but may be starting on a down slope. (1409 views)
 Tasted by wiscgrad on 1/18/2015 & rated 87 points: don't have much experience with straight California grenache, but this was just ok. nice nose and some good red fruit on the palate, but a medicinal type quality (cough syrup) appeared on the finish, which I was not a fan of. Well made, but hoped for better from this wine maker (1135 views)
 Tasted by SLOFred on 1/12/2015 & rated 92 points: Much better than my last bottle. I attribute this to the 3 hour decant. It was much more full bodied and the varietal character really came out. Tasted much more like a grenache than a PN which is what my last bottle tasted like. (1273 views)
 Tasted by Dave Dalluge on 12/22/2014 & rated 91 points: Very nice and consistent with previous note. (1467 views)
 Tasted by td1836 on 11/12/2014 & rated 89 points: This still needs time and air. It was tight most of the time I was drinking it. Strawberry, raspberry, and earth notes, went well with food, but not as well on its own. (144 views)
 Tasted by SLOFred on 8/15/2014 & rated 90 points: PnP initially, immediately decided to decant. Still not enough. Finally decanted through a Vinturi. Now, it came alive. It was hard to believe it was a Grenache. More like a PN, which is what others have said in prior reviews. If I am not mistaken, this wine is made by the winemaker at Kosta-Browne. Maybe that explains why it reminds me much more of a PN than a Grenache. In any event, a very nice wine. It probably has some gas in the tank and can go a few more years. I have 4 bottles left--enough to try over time, but not so much they will be around long enough to die!! (1685 views)
 Tasted by tomherer on 7/12/2014 & rated 90 points: Yah, this is a little different. Definitely not what one expects in CA grenache. Not better or worse, just different. Agree with JOJ and others on the body and texture -- flavors aside, could be convinced this was RRV pinot blinded. For flavors, I'm getting mostly raspberry coulis, flowers, mocha frappe, tar, and roasted herb. Not getting a trace of the Rhone-y pepper that others have mentioned, fwiw. Really tasty stuff, but there's just no finish at all in this thing -- just wham, bam, thank you. Some lingering chalky tannins tho -- makes me wonder if this was popped too early and there's some upside once the tannins resolve. Saving a glass for tmw to see if anything develops -- will report back if so. (1696 views)
 Tasted by JOJ on 7/4/2014 & rated 93 points: This was fabulous. Concur with notes below that this is lighter styled -- almost shading to pinot noir. Aromatics of strawberry and flowers lead to zesty flavors of strawberry and tart raspberry, with a peppery finish. Good acidity and decent structure, but nothing too heavy. Perfect quaff for a warm summer night. Loved it. (1769 views)
 Tasted by wino121 on 6/23/2014 & rated 91 points: A lovely wine, not too dry or gripping like many, rose pedals, rasberrys and a touch of mocha. (1665 views)
 Tasted by rrschrumjr on 6/23/2014 & rated 90 points: Earthy. Deep, dark cherries, savory herbs, maybe even some medicinal characteristics on the nose. Not a ton of fruit in the mouth. Tart, sour, savory dark cherries, with some dark chocolate dust to them. Still maintains the peppery, herbal characteristics. Substantial tannins early on, and they linger spicy-like, stronger at the end than the beginning. Enjoyable. Chock full of secondary characteristics, little fruit. (1771 views)
 Tasted by noahbw on 6/11/2014 & rated 90 points: Deep dark fruit, pepper, pine and earth on the nose. Peppery on the palate. Bright, a little acidic, but with good mouth feel. Finishes dry. PJG 89-90 (1350 views)
 Tasted by WineCPA on 6/10/2014 & rated 88 points: Uninspiring. Lighter-medium bodied with bright fruit. Good, but quaff now. (1127 views)
 Tasted by GoBlue2002 on 5/15/2014 & rated 91 points: This grenache blew my wife's mind -- she rated it 92-93 pts. She loved the integrated tannins and lush fruit. This almost reminded us of a pinot noir version of the grenache varietal. I found it somewhat watery on the mid-palate and without much grip. Flavors of berries and dried fruit. Good length on the finish but minimal complexity. Great QPR at the Berserker Day price. (1482 views)
 Tasted by markandsusanw on 4/27/2014 & rated 91 points: Splash decant ... Cloudy purple pour, with a slightly floral nose. Warm red fruit to open, with a luscious mouth feel. Dry and spicy to finish. Firm, but not intrusive, backbone. Very nice. (1662 views)
 Tasted by Not647f on 3/13/2014: Spot on for typicity, which to me says light but drying tannins on the back end, but strawberries and a wet carpet kind of funk on the nose, with strawberries and raspberries repeated in the palate, some garrigue and earth. What's missing for me in this wine is the powerful, next day retronasal smell of that wet carpet that I seem to get from my favorite Gigondas. I like this fine, but I'm thinking Garnacha from Navarra and environs is still a better value--more of what I like, less than this or better S. Rhones. I don't think this is going to improve with age--it's not stuffed with enough phenols and acids to improve, and it's at best going to hold even with those tannins, which aren't going to smooth out a ton. (2052 views)
 Tasted by vinole on 2/1/2014 & rated 92 points: Consistent with my previous TN of 7/23/12 and echo the pepper notes that this wine has making for a nice expression of the Rhone style. Nicely balanced and drinking very well now. (2145 views)
 Tasted by DSP on 1/28/2014 & rated 90 points: Full-bodied with lush and juicy raspberry fruit. Slightly grippy tannins contribute a bit of texture.

On day two, tannins are much more prominent. So I guess either pop and pour and finish in one sitting, or hold for a while. (2067 views)
 Tasted by Dave Dalluge on 12/23/2013 & rated 91 points: This is a much bigger grenache than I was expecting. The texture is smooth and lush. Packed with fruit flavors. Shows a touch of heat on the finish. This is never going to elegant or understated, but hopefully time in the cellar will tame this beast a bit. Desiree loved it. (2182 views)
 Tasted by Chuck Miller on 12/16/2013: On initial opening, a nice pure red fruited nose, elegant and pinot like. As it aired out, the tannins clamped down hard. Give it a few more years. (1996 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162
(Jemrose Vineyard Grenache Foggy Knoll Vineyard Bennett Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #10 (12/4/2011)
(Jemrose Grenache Foggy Knoll) Login and sign up and see review text.   92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/25/2013)
(Jemrose Grenache Foggy Knoll) Dark ruby color; roses, tart red berry nose; plush, roses, tart red berry palate; medium-plus finish (19 months in French oak, 10% new) 91+ points  91 points
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Producer website

2009 Jemrose Grenache Foggy Knoll

from producer website:

Grapes for our 2008 Jemrose Foggy Knoll Grenache were picked on October 23 at 26.5 brix. The grapes were hand harvested and totally destemmed at the winery upon arrival. Fermented with native yeasts and aged 19 months in French oak barrels using only about 10% new oak barrels so as not to mask the fresh and lively aromatics of the Grenache. A small percentage of Syrah (5%) was added to add additional complexity to the wine but once again not interfere with the purity of the Grenache flavors.

Winemakers notes:
Bright full aromatics of strawberry, raspberry, kirsch, blood orange with notes of sage and herbs de Provence. Medium to full bodied on the palate with intense berry and savory flavors. The wine finishes with soft refined tannins and a loam laced minerality.

Grape clone: Tablas Creek A Grenache Noir from Ch. Beaucastel
Alcohol: 14.1%
Total Acidity: 6.4 g/l
Final pH: 3.31
Cases: 275


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