Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Grenache (aka: Garnacha)
Celebrate International Grenache Day on the 3rd Friday in September
Vinous / Antonio Galloni: "Vivid ruby. Lively, sharply focused red berry, floral pastille and Asian spice scents, along with suggestions of garrigue and smoky minerals. Sweet, focused and seamless in texture, offering intense raspberry, spicecake and lavender flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Clings with real authority on the subtly tannic finish, leaving a suave floral note behind. This is an outstanding example of a "basic" Chateauneuf." 93 Pts.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: The stunning 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape is a wine to buy a case of as it has beautiful concentration and depth, as well as the elegance, purity and finesse that’s the hallmark of the estate. Hold onto your hats with these latest releases from proprietress Isabel Ferrando, as they’re easily some of the most badass 2015s I was able to taste. If fact, they resemble a hypothetical mix of the 2007 and 2010, and I’m just hoping they show this well from bottle. In addition, while this estate is mostly known for their reds, don’t miss the whites, as over the past 4-5 years they’ve risen to the top of the heap in the appellation. Surprisingly, I wasn’t able to taste any 2014s from Ferrando, but her 2015s are some of the most impressive barrel samples I’ve tasted from her, and they’re more reminiscent of her 2007s (maybe with a touch of the 2010s) than her more recent vintages, which leaned heavily towards the fresher, more elegant end of the spectrum. " (10/2016) 93 Pts
Wine Spectator: "Energetic, with a big ball of kirsch wound tightly with licorice, graphite and raspberry coulis notes. Shows lots of bright spice accents through the finish, which is carried by finely beaded acidity.(JM)" (7/2017) 94 Pts.
About the Producer
Domaine Saint Préfert
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse, France