The 19 Best Grenache Wines to Buy Now (2023)

Grenache is one of the unsung heroes of the wine world. From the approachable and barbecue-friendly blend, often grape-based, to trophies such as Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache sings of France with unique range and expressiveness. Even if it's not the dominant variety in a blend, the cherry and herbal notes tend to add great fruit and spice to every sip.

Grenache is one of the most widely planted red grape varieties in Spain, providing the raw material for wines from Rioja to Aragon and beyond. Its presence in Australia, South Africa, California and other countries is growing. Yet it is still often overshadowed by more famous grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon.Mello, ePinot Noir.

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But you shouldn't ignore Grenache, as in addition to being a lot of fun, it is also usually quite cheap, considering the high quality of the product produced. While this particular story focuses on red Grenache, there are many excellent rosé wines that also contain it. Grenache Blanc (commonly called Grenache Blanc or Grenache Blanc) is also worth seeking out.

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However, here are 19 red wines that stand out, listed alphabetically, that are either made up entirely of Grenache or contain at least 75% Grenache in their blends. They are comfortable in cold weather, lively in warmer temperatures, and great for eating.

2018 Alma Rosa Robert William Ranch Station Grenache. Rita Hills ($55)

The nose features subtle aromas of oregano and hints of ground pepper and salty minerals. These flavors create the same dry vanilla flavor, with ripe blackberries, black raspberries and warm wild strawberries mixed in at the end.

2017 Angove Warboys Vineyard Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia ($75)

Made from vines that are over half a century old, this Grenache has a true avant-garde feel, with a deep undertone of red and black cherries, wild berries, roasted cumin seeds and dried flowers pulling it together. All finished with elegant notes of spice and wild strawberries.

Belden Barn "Epiphany" Grenache Sonoma Mountain 2018 (50 $)

Extremely fresh, especially considering the 15% alcohol, it reveals aromas of black and white pepper, crushed cherries and dried vanilla before hints of dark cherries, lightly toasted vanilla pods, black raspberries and red berries, with hints of pomegranate molasses. Beautiful and functional.

Mountain Benovia Grenache Sonoma 2017 (45$)

A clean nose of cherries, with subtle, sweet notes of spice, sets the stage for a lively, mouth-watering taste. A fascinating counterpoint is found in . Suggest adding pepper bacon.

High Moncayo Wineries 2017 Veraton Borja Field, Cape Town ($32)

The rich, savory aroma here is reminiscent of soy sauce, bringing plum, blackberry, star anise and subtle earthy flavors to the palate. This is an excellent value wine from vines aged between 30 and 50 years.

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2018 Three Peaks Bag Wineries Grenache Field of Borja, Cape Town ($18)

Such a pure and seductive aroma of fresh red cherries with hints of dry, fresh and intense oregano. Purple berries, flowers and cherries again, but here with a hint of peppery spice and sweet vanilla.

Broc Cassia Grenache 2013, Mendocino, California ($60)

A 50/50 blend of Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir, this wine ages beautifully. It shows the funkier, earthier side of the variety, with leathery characteristics of dried cherries, plum pits, blood oranges, cracked white pepper and roasted chestnuts. The structure is still 5-7 years away, but I like it the way it is.

2018 Lafarge Grenache Nicolas PGI French Coast Catalã ($16)

Bright and raw, with flavors of cherries and black raspberries, followed by sweet, ripe blueberries spiced with dried herbs and pepper. This is especially good for barbecue with sweet sauce.

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2017 Grounded Wine Co. Public Radio Red Wine Paso Robles (25$)

Pure cherry aromas with hints of pepper, rich and structured on the palate, with perfect acidity lifting wild berries, hints of violets and hyacinth flowers and a touch of bacon and crushed cherries on the finish. And freshly ground sweet and savory spices from allspice veins.

2016 Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard Elder Hill Grenache, McLaren Vale, Austrália ($ 75)

Now it's in a great location, with an excellent balance of concentration and freshness, with flavors of blood orange, licorice, dried herbs, violets, black and red cherries, green olives and a hint of candied orange peel. It's at least a decade away, but I'm already loving this one. Note: 2017 was the last vintage of the wine; the fruit is now in Yangarra Hickinbotham Vineyard Grenache, with the 2019 Grenache expected in late 2021.

Kimi Grenache Ballard Canyon 2016 (US$ 60)

Pure licorice and cherry aroma with hints of wild berries, unique spices and undergrowth, followed by a lively, calm palate of blackberries, black cherries, oregano, black raspberries, a touch of kirsch and spice. The finish is characterized by licorice, candied violets, rooibos tea and strawberry and rhubarb compote. The yield is small, but it's worth finding.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape "New Castle" 2017 burro pepper ($40)

The unexpected scent of the tomato vine might surprise fans of the more classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but it really works in the air. The palate is bursting with juicy cherries and characteristic peppery flavors with bloody broth flavors. With rare duck breast, this one shines. It was impressive and impressive.

2019 Saint Cosme Little James' Basket Press Young Solera Vin de France (16 $)

Delicious and perfect for eating, the glass explodes with notes of blackberry, mountain berries, licorice, root beer spice and blood orange, contrasting with subtle hints of iron. This is an exciting wine that proves Solera isn't just for sherry!

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2018 Crush Grenache Maury, França ($ 25)

It's a hefty 15.6 percent alcohol, but there's enough clean minerality here — an almost slate-like character, with a hint of gunpowder oozing through the finish — to stabilize everything. Fruity with notes of cherry and blackberry, elegant notes of lavender and ground pepper, with red licorice. Strong and full of energy.

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TOR 2017 "Chasing the Windmill" Fulldraw Vineyards Grenache Paso Robles (80 $)

The aromas of kirsch chocolate ganache intertwine with a hint of black licorice. The first bite reveals a velvety mouthfeel with hints of blackberry, a handful of prunes, mocha coffee and the finish is like a crème brûlée perfectly charred with peppercorns before serving. This is another spirit with 15.7% alcohol by volume.

2018 Vigne Surrau Sincaru Cannonau di Sardegna DOC, Italy (US$27)

When you smell it, it's so alive, a kiss of raspberry, cranberry and blood orange with sweet spice and sea air. When drinking this wine, the acidity is bright, with hints of cranberry and fresh tarragon at the forefront, with hints of citrus at the finish.

Vinícola Wertkin Reserve 2017 Grenache Noir Salon, Israel (US$ 40)

Blended with 7% Marselan, the wine reveals abundant flavors of fresh cherry, red and black raspberry, full of peppery spice and almost salty minerality, pulsing deeper savory flavors underneath, giving it a hint of bresaola cheese. It proves how well Grenache is doing in Israel.

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Attack Samuel's Collection 2018 Bush Vine Grenache Barossa, Australia ($21)

The pure cherry and red raspberry flavors are highly concentrated, garnished with dried oregano and finished with chocolate-covered orange zest. Portions are large, well seasoned and good value.

2017 Yangarra High Sands Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia ($100)

The sandy soil gave rise to the vines planted in 1946, giving a wine of aromatic complexity: cherry at the beginning, then blackberry, wild fruits at the end and spices on the nose. All of this creates the foundation for a luxurious, elegant, multi-layered Grenache with flavors of wild berries, fresh cherries and crushed peppercorns. The concentration of this excellent wine increases as the finish continues: simply royal.


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