Tuesday, September 12, 2006
2002 Clarendon Hills Old Vines Grenache, Blewitt Springs Vineyard
I decided to open a special occasion wine due to some bad news coming down the pipe. This retails at about $50 a bottle.
I get plenty of wood and anise on the nose with some miscellaneous black fruit. Plums maybe.
This a nice full bodied Grenache. Incredibly smooth, loads of fruit, wood, and anise just blend together perfectly. The tannins are firm yet silky. The fruit is mainly raspberry (ripe, rich, farmer’s market quality raspberries that were picked only hours before you ate them) with a hint of black cherry. The oak is smokey, and there’s a lot of smooth anise. There's even a suggestion of Cherry Coke. Fran gets dark chocolate on the finish, all I get is anise and it lasts for well over a minute.
Perfectly balanced, incredibly smooth, an extremely long finish...this is phenomenal. When you consider the quality, the price tag is no shock.