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Community Tasting Notes (27) Avg Score: 89.8 points

  • Popped for International Grenache day, didn't even know there was a day but I celebrate it about once a month.

    I've had these buried in the closet because I didn't want to open them too early and I'm glad I waited, they're starting to blossom.

    Very dark in color, showing as youthful. The fruit profile on the palate and nose is distinctly dark blackberry like the kind I would pick as a kid, good memories flooding back. The wine is still framed by significant structure of maturing tannins and acidity filled with the blackberry, white pepper, sage, and dried brush. I only decanted this for an hour but I'm sure it would benefit from more air but there won't be any left after the gang figures this one out.

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  • -- cracked and poured --
    -- tasted non-blind over approx. 3 hours --

    NOSE: ripe red & purple berries; not funky; bit of a tart or high-toned aspect --- maybe alcohol?; pretty straightforward; a bit red berry jammy after a couple hours open.

    BODY: ruby-violet color of medium to medium-deep depth; medium bodied.

    TASTE: ripe boysenberry and blackberry; a cherry note presents itself on some sips, too; very fine tannins grip the front and mid palates; medium acidity; hint of dried herbs on the finish, which is of medium to medium-strong intensity; still seems young; paired very nicely with braised beef roast; 14.9% alc. was initially well-hidden, but did become noticeable after a couple hours open; medium complexity; better with food than without; slight hint of leather after approx. 2.5 hours. Drink now - 2016.

    50, 5, 11, 16, 7 = 89

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  • Still drinking very well. Nice fruit, mostly sweet raspberry. Some smoke and wood, and a little pepper. Nice acidity. Medium weight. Drank over 3 nights with little change.

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  • I am a huge fan of these wines and where they are going!

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  • Ripe, juicy, great Grenache. Nice earthiness.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/27/2011, (See more on 90 points

    (Tercero Grenache Larner Vineyard) Stemmy, a little menthol nose; tart red berry, pepper, graphite palate, needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish

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