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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nerdy California Wines (Domaine - Washington, DC): An excellent Sonoma Grenache, Jemrose continues to impress me. I get lots of juicy berries on the nose, mixed in with pepper and spice. Fine tannins, juicy acid, and lots of bright red fruit. The pepper, anise, coffee, oak and earthy flavors are pure and complex. Yum.
Jermose virtual Tasting (David T's Home): Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has a nice candy can, candied raspberry quality to it. very nice texture. On the palate, raspberries and some black licorice. Some tannins. Got better in the glass. Very nice.
I'm afraid I can't say I like this as much as others here on CT. Transparent in color; the nose is a bit jammy, full of red cherry. The palate is on the lighter side, with red fruit, a touch of oak, some spice, and a bit of heat/jammy flavors towards the end. I think this needs time, I'll report back if it changes on day 2.
This vintage continues to improve. Showing more palate focus now and the fruit is more defined. We unfortunately drank this from what felt like 5 pound Libby stems so it was abit hard to nail down some of the finer nuance.
Been a year since I last tasted this wine. This time out, I perceived it heavier than last time. Lots of tannin, wth dark strawberry and darker tones. I have a bottle now for the cellar, I will let it rest another 2 years and then retry. As a side note, perhaps this is the vintage and also where my palate seems to be heading, we also tried the 2010, which has not been bottled but is blend complete and I preferred the 2010 over the 2009. For me, for grenache, I seem to keep heading for the more driven and more acidic tones.
Fresh blueberry compote aromas come accross friendly and nuanced. A bit more depth here than the 2008, but remains a lighter styled grenache with a sense of light red berry fruits with nice clean finish.
Tasted from barrel, this was a final blend that will be bottled shortly. Has 5% syrah in the final composition, too, along with 10% new wood only. Pepper and dark fruit in the aromatic. Dried cherry, juicy and a tannin grip at this young stage. Jim's model for this wine is Rayas, and while we don't need to entertain the argument about 'this is California, not France, so don't try and make french wine here', Jim's vision for this wine is to get his grenache into that vein, with the wood nearly gone from the input and the varietal speaking. This version is getting that direction more each vintage, particularly as one looks at the 07 and 08 in contrast to this 09.