Helen Keplinger’s experience in Priorat helped her create this ebullient, spicy Grenache. Galloni called it a “bold, sumptuous wine that captures all the natural intensity of the year. Inky blue/purplish fruit, lavender, mint and sweet spices infuse this sumptuous, opulent wine. The darker side of Grenache comes through loud and clear… impeccably balanced, not to mention incredibly delicious.”
One of the few Grenache-based wines in California that will compete with a top Châteauneuf du Pape, the 2015 Grenache Basilisk comes from the Russian River Valley, from a site planted in 2006, aged in neutral demi-muids. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a rocking bouquet of blackberries, raspberries, spice box, and Provençal herb that reminds me of the Mon Aïeul Cuvée from Pierre Usseglio. Ripe, concentrated and sexy, with terrific purity as well as elegance on the palate, it’s a great Grenache I’d be happy to drink anytime over the coming 7-8 years.