I know, you just love only pinot, or syrah, merlot, or cab.. Impress your friend and branch out into Grenache!
I recently got a chance to have some of Longoria's 2001 Santa Barbara County Grenache. It was tasting great. Such vibrant rasberry and some zippy pepper on the finish. I'm sure it would be hard to track down the 2001 but I recommend picking up the Longoria 2005 Grenache.
I'm also a fan of these Grenache Producers
Opolo Vineyards in Paso Robles alway makes a big fruity pleasing Grenache. I haven't found anyone who didn't ask for another taste
Alta Maria Vineyards 2005 Grenache “Nielson Vineyard”Santa Maria Valley: This was amazing at 2007 Santa Barbara Wine futures.
Beckmen Vineyards 2006 Grenache “Purisima Mountain Vineyard”Santa Ynez Valley. Another standout from Wine Futures
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