Category Archives: Grenache based blend

2007 Feraud Brunel Chateauneuf de Pape

Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, earthy, medium+ intensity, dried herbs, meaty, raspberry, strawberry, perfume, red licorice, clove, mushroom, hay, with moderate oak. On the palate, dry, meaty, gamey, chocolate, strawberry, with good spice, mineral, medium tannins, medium acidity, very nice balance, good depth and complexity, and a solid finish. There was an intriguing component to this wine, from a vintage that is supposed to rock, this wine delivers I must have more.

2006 Massena The Moonlight Run

Ruby garnet color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, plum, blackberry, mulberry, strawberry, leather, old tire, cracked pepper, meat, mint, with oak, and subtle but present earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium+ body, rocking a granite and iron element, luscious texture, milky mouth feel, medium acidity, with a good length to…Continue Reading

2008 Monte Oton Garnacha

My first re-visit of 2008 Monte Oton killer lighter bodied wine that’s cheap and appeals to many palates. Light ruby color. On the nose, youthful, pretty red strawberry, raspberry, white pepper, with spice and earth, but not much oak to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium- tannin, medium acidity, layered red fruit,…Continue Reading

2004 Laurence Féraud Gigondas

From the woman that makes Domaine du Pegau, this Gigondas really floored me for the price. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. Dark ruby color. On the nose, showing some development, medium+ intensity, very pretty nose of cherry, plum, blackberry, meat, herbs, leather, framed by very elegant oak, and overt mineral and earth. On…Continue Reading

2007 Solence Les 3 Peres Cotes Du Ventoux

70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan. Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, hay, earth, plum, red cherry, raspberry, strawberry, white pepper, meat, dried herbs, chocolate, layered oak, with earth but overtly ripe “new world fruit”. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, chocolate, plum, raspberry, milkshake, lots of spice, very “French” in style, with…Continue Reading

2007 Atalaya Almansa

I revisited this the other night, after a big score and a “kinky” reference in the description, it sold out, but Jorge Ordonez brought more over from Spain. Ruby in color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, red plum, raspberry, red cherry, strawberry, sweat, leather, spice, white pepper, chalky dusty soil, with some oak. On…Continue Reading

2008 Vinos de Terruños Siete 7

This is the second time I’ve tried this 80% Garnacha 20% Tempranillo blend from Purple ruby in color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, bright red raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, chalky earth, hay, white pepper, meat, not oaky, with traces of earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, medium+ tannin, medium+ acidity, intense dark…Continue Reading