2005 Twisted Oak Grenache Torcido


  • USA
  • California
  • Sierra Foothills
  • Calaveras County
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • Quarked wrote: 89 points

    January 3, 2014 - Wow -- this is still going strong. A high-octane wine, with a very modern, southern Rhone feel. Sediment on the cork, but little in the bottle. Red fruits (strawberry stands out), cedar, nutmeg, a touch of bitterness; shows its heat a bit. Very enjoyable. Would not have guessed its age. (Bought from winery in late 2012.)

  • tarheel17 wrote: 86 points

    March 9, 2009 - nose: aromas of slate, stewed plums and leather.
    palate: surprisingly, it does not taste stewed - these are fresh vibrant fruits, both red and dark. Uber-smooth, but the midpalate has some hollowness that disappoints me. THe finish is rich in coffee plum and red fruits, ending with a sour-patch kind of sensation.Very good.
    It didn't change much with air. If anything, the acidity became more pronounced, though the coffee sparred a bit with the plum. Finished...with an odd conglomerance of espresso and fruit.

  • jonesj22 wrote: 90 points

    May 10, 2008 - Nose: Immediate nose is deep stewed fruit, very yummy. Digging deeper, I got a nice mix of vanilla, cedar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gave me the sensation of smelling a freshly baked mixed berry pie.

    Palate: This wine is very balanced. The mouth feel is soft and velvety with a twinge of heat but not nearly what I expected considering it is north of 14.5% alcohol. The taste profile is very luscious fruit with a bit of a peppery twist.

    Overall, this wine was very good. Nice fruity profile that I have begun to expect from grenache. This wine certainly had more spicey characteristics from other grenaches I had, almost making it a bit like a syrah, but it was very drinkable, complex and well made.

  • ny pete wrote: 90 points

    April 4, 2008 - No sediment here, not even in last pour ... this wine needs to aerate and then WOW ...

  • Jazzman wrote:

    March 7, 2008 - Made the mistake of not letting this bottle stand to let the sediment settle before opening. There is A LOT of sediment here. It resembled metallic paint swirling around in the decanter.

    Aroma profile: Floral (violets and rose), some oak and cedar notes, and red fruits and a hint of pie crust.
    Mouth feel: Full bodied. Nice balance and structure. A little heat on the finish.
    Flavor profile: Stewed plum and raspberries.

    Overall I wasn't fond of this wine. Partially perhaps due to the sediment issue, but I couldn't help wondering if perhaps it was flawed in some way. Will revisit on day 2 before making a judgement.

    Day 2 and 3:
    The wine improved, although the swirling sediment did not. I double decanted and was able to remove some of the sediment, however. I'll not forget the feeling of looking at swirling metal flake paint though. Odd.

    The wine taste definitely improved. I'd have given this a ~90 if not for the freaky sediment.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Twisted Oak
  • Varietal Grenache
  • Designation Torcido
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sierra Foothills
  • Appellation Calaveras County
  • UPC Code 890271000171

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  • In Cellars 6 (18%)
  • Consumed 27 (82%)

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