Best Grenache Wine


Grenache or Grenache Noir (pronounced gren-aash) is also known as Garnacha in Spain, and as Cannonau in Corsica and Sardinia, Italy. Grenache ripens late in the season, so it needs hot, dry stony hillside conditions such as those found in the south of France, particularly in the southern part of the Rhone Valley as well as in Rousillion. Grenache thrives on the Italian islands of Sardinia and Corsica as well as throughout Spain. It is also found In Australia, and even the San Joaquin Valley in California. 

Grenache displays aromas of ripe blackberries, raspberries and strawberries with a kick of spice on the end. It usually has a high alcohol content given it ripens in warm climates. It has been compared to Italy's Amarone, and can even sometimes offer similar notes of black olives, black cherries, coffee and gingerbread. 

The best Grenache grapes come from old vines and low yields and they are generally blended with other varieties such as Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Tempranillo and Cinsaut. It is usually in a blend, rather than a single varietal wines, because Grenache lacks tannin, colour, and acid. However, the exception to this is the Sardinian D.O.C. wine Cannonau di Sardegna, which is by law 99% local Grenache (Cannonau). 

My reviews of these Grenache red wines are updated weekly. These Grenache red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Grenache wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Grenache in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Ogier Grenache Syrah 2008
Rhone, France
A rustic, cedary red with black cherry notes. Full-bodied and robust. Terrific value. Full-bodied with enticing dark spices and pepper notes on the finish. Grenache Syrah food pairings: See at the bottom of tasting notes. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2009‐2010Score: 87/100

This Grenache Syrah was reviewed December 1, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 569095  Check Stock

Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant Syrah Grenache 2008
California, United States
This wine is a blend of mostly syrah and grenache grapes, with some cinsault, mourvèdre and carignane grapes. I love the Bordeaux aroma I get first followed by cassis, blackcurrant and smoke, but most of all, fresh earth. Full-bodied and complex. The name of this wine refers to French vintners In 1954 who were concerned about flying saucers and extraterrestrials Long story). So the town council passed an ordinance banning flying saucers or “Flying Cigars” (Cigare Volant) from landing on the vines and damaging them. Syrah Grenache food pairings: barbecued chicken, beef stew, pasta, lamb cutlets. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2019  Terrific Turkey Wine  Price: $39.95 Score: 93/100

This Syrah Grenache was reviewed December 7, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 975847  878 in stock

Clos Bagatelle Cuvée Tradition Syrah Grenache Mourvèdre Carignan 2007
A.C. Saint-Chinian, Estate Btld., Midi, France
Vintages Wine Panel: Classic Midi blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan. This food-friendly wine is dominated by aromas of cherry, fig, dark chocolate, vanilla and plum. At first, it is dry and fruity with a pleasant ripeness, but by the mid-palate, tannins and acids come forward giving the wine a fine structure. Fairly long finish on a good frame. My note: Lifted notes of cherry liqueur, black plums and spice box. Full-bodied, supple and smooth. Delicious and straight-forward. Syrah Grenache Mourvèdre Carignan food pairings: game meats, gourmet sausages, roast beef, lamb. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $14.95 Score: 87/100

This Syrah Grenache Mourvèdre Carignan was reviewed February 28, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 103655  Check Stock

Ken Forrester Shiraz Grenache 2006
Stellenbosch, South Africa
This fantastic red blend is full-bodied, supple and lip-smacking delicious! It has juicy dark plums with a terrific peppery finish. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2016  Price: $19.00 Score: 90/100

This Shiraz Grenache was reviewed May 13, 2010 by Natalie MacLean


Mont Tauch Tradition Carignan Grenache Syrah 2007
A.C., Fitou, Midi, France
Winner of a Gold Medal at the Concours Général Agricole 2009 in Paris. And now for something completely different, juicy peppers, black plums and berries with a smooth medium- to full-bodied textured. Not for analysis: drink and enjoy! Alcohol: 13.5%  750 ml  Price: $16.95 Score: 87/100

This Carignan Grenache Syrah was reviewed December 5, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 142810  Check Stock

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Grenache's most famous home is in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, where it is typically comprises more than 80% of the 13-grape blend. It is the most widely planted grape in Spain. In Australia, Grenache is the "G" in "GSM" blends, with Syrah and Mourvedre being the other two.

Australian winemakers also use the higher alcohol content of Grenache to make fortified wine, as do French winemakers to make rosé and vin doux naturels, especially in the southern regions of Tavel and Banyuls. Some of the New World wine regions now growing Grenache include Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Uruguay, and Mexico.

Great food pairing for Grenache include grilled entrées and BBQ dishes, or mushroom risotto. Researched by Lesley Quinn.