2016 Keplinger 'Basilisk' Grenache Russian River Valley

$74.95
JD97WA94+

100 Point Winemaker, Helen Keplinger keeps striking gold. Jeb Dunnuck sure recognizes her efforts, “Probably one of the top pure Grenache releases in California is the 2016 Grenache Basilisk from the genius of Helen Keplinger. Medium to full-bodied, pure, and seamless on the palate, with nothing out of place and perfect balance, it’s a gem of a Grenache to drink over the coming decade.”

Varietal:
Grenache
Winemaker:
Helen Keplinger
Vintage:
2016
Aging:
18 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak
Appellation:
Sonoma
Sub-Appellation:
Russian River Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Grenache
SKU #:
1WKEP16GR3BASILISK
WA94+

Wine Advocate

Composed of 100% Grenache, the medium ruby-purple colored 2016 Basilisk opens with vibrant black and red cherries, warm plums and baking spice notes with wafts of red roses and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied with a solid frame of fine-grained tannins, it has a long, refreshing and wonderfully perfumed finish. 100 cases made.

JD97

Jeb Dunnuck

Probably one of the top pure Grenache releases in California is the 2016 Grenache Basilisk from the genius of Helen Keplinger. Coming all from the Greywacke Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, which is largely Pinot Noir country, this sensational effort boasts a ruby color as well as a huge bouquet of blueberries, ripe cherries, violets, crushed rocks, and a garrigue-like quality that’s hard to find outside of France’s Southern Rhône Valley. Medium to full-bodied, pure, and seamless on the palate, with nothing out of place and perfect balance, it’s a gem of a Grenache to drink over the coming decade.