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By MICHAEL DRESSER | April 26, 2006
This flavorful, lively, youthful red wine fills a useful niche. It's a bit wild and rustic, with a kind of character you'd expect to find from a small winery in the south of France rather than a large Aussie outfit. It's a medium-bodied wine with lively blackberry, black-cherry, herb and meaty flavors. It's not complex, but it's thoroughly enjoyable. Serve with grilled meats, from chicken to beef.
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June 19, 2013
From: Central Coast, Calif. Price: $15 Serve with: Red meat, especially with raspberry sauce The GSM stands for grenache, syrah and mourvedre - the three classic Rhone Valley grapes that go into this exceptional red blend. The wine is extremely fruity and smooth, with deep flavor of raspberries and Chambord liqueur. It's one of those dry wines that gives the impression of sweetness through its sheer abundance of fruit. It's penetrating, intense and finishes with fine acidity.
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May 15, 1996
Bonny Doon Clos du Gilroy, Cuvee Marcel, Grenache ($10.49)This officially nonvintage (but likely all 1995) blend of California and Washington grenache displays the full potential of this red Rhone grape to produce delightfully fruity wines for early consumption. It's not complex or profound, just a thoroughly enjoyable wine to serve with hamburgers or chicken hot off the grill.
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The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
From: Barossa Valley, Australia Price: $21 Serve with: Grilled meat, beef stew, lasagna This is a red wine whose flavors truly convey an image of the vines: squat, weathered old bushes with small yields of fat, ripe grapes. There's that old-vine concentration of gamy, meaty, earth flavors and dense blackberry fruit. It's a lush, intense wine with a creamy texture and a burly elegance. It's a total pleasure and well worth the above-average price. -- Michael Dresser
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By Michael Dresser | April 20, 1997
1995 McDowell Grenache Rose, Monterey County ($10).California pink wines normally should be drunk in their first year, but this rose is holding up especially well. It's a bright pink wine with gripping cherry and strawberry fruit seasoned with a nuance of herbes de Provence. This bone-dry, long, complex product is one of the world's finest roses.Pub Date: 4/20/97
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | August 9, 2006
This lush 50-50 blend of grenache and syrah is a thoroughly satisfying Rhone-style red wine. Both fruity and substantial, it offers intense and penetrating flavors of blackberry, black raspberry and herbs. It finishes with a good dollop of acidity, keeping it lively through the finish. Serve with grilled steak.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
This artful blend of zinfandel, grenache, syrah, merlot and other red varietal is simply a very pleasant experience. The mix proves to be harmonious, and each variety seems to play its part perfectly. There's the power and earthiness of the zin, the broad shoulders of the syrah, the exuberant fruit of the grenache and the soft elegance of the merlot. The cherry and blackberry flavors are intense and penetrating but not harsh. It's a model of balance. It just goes to show that while the soil is crucial, the skill of the winemaker is important too. A big bonus is that Kendall-Jackson wines are widely available.
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By Michael Dresser | March 11, 2009
2005 Diggers Bluff Stray Dog From: Barossa Valley, Australia Price: $15 Serve with: Barbecue, grilled steak This lively blend of the Rhone grapes syrah (shiraz), grenache and mourvedre (mataro) is a red wine with an Aussie swagger and rustic character. This full-bodied, well-rounded wine is packed with blackberry, leather, smoked-meat, chocolate and wild-berry flavors. It's perfect for drinking right now, and its freedom from cork taint is assured by a modern screw cap.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | October 4, 2006
This lush, ripe, Rhone-style red blend of mourvedre, syrah and grenache grapes packs a punch in a most gentle, refined way. It's loaded with blackberry, plum, smoked meat and chocolate flavors - all delivered with a silky-smooth texture. With a long finish, it's a well-rounded, complex wine that's just a lot of fun to drink. Serve with hearty roasts, casseroles.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER and MICHAEL DRESSER,SUN REPORTER | November 2, 2005
There's a racy, wild-berry nuance to this wine that lifts it out of the ranks of the ordinary. An imaginative blend of merlot, sangiovese, zinfandel and grenache, it delivers vibrant flavors of black cherry and spices. It's a medium- to full-bodied wine that is well-suited for immediate consumption. SERVE WITH // grilled steak or lamb, pasta or pizza
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February 6, 2013
From: Barossa Valley, Australia Price: $18 Serve with: Beef or venison stew, leg of lamb This full-bodied red blend of mourvedre, tempranillo, grenache and carignan - - some of the great grapes of Spain and southern France - is lush, ripe and, yes, layered. Its complex flavors of blackberry, blueberry, earth, chocolate and smoked meat give it a burly elegance. It may soon turn over to the 2010 vintage, so snap it up if you see it. - Michael Dresser
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
This artful blend of zinfandel, grenache, syrah, merlot and other red varietal is simply a very pleasant experience. The mix proves to be harmonious, and each variety seems to play its part perfectly. There's the power and earthiness of the zin, the broad shoulders of the syrah, the exuberant fruit of the grenache and the soft elegance of the merlot. The cherry and blackberry flavors are intense and penetrating but not harsh. It's a model of balance. It just goes to show that while the soil is crucial, the skill of the winemaker is important too. A big bonus is that Kendall-Jackson wines are widely available.
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By Lisa Aireythewinekey@aol.com | December 15, 2011
Six thousand years before Christ, a large island in the middle of the Mediterranean was settled by people who had sailed there from the Italian mainland. Although unified by a common language, they divided into tribes that warred with each other on occasion. By 1500 B.C., their masonry skills were such that they built large fortresses for protection and smaller lookout fortresses on hilltops, both of which were called nuraghi. Today, 7,000 such surviving structures dot the landscape, echoes of a time when the world was built of sticks of stones and both could and would be used to end territorial disputes.
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By Lisa Airey, thewinekey@aol.com | December 1, 2011
Vive la Difference! They were all Côtes du Rhônes. Red. Wonderful, but as different as night and day. The Domaine du Bois de St. Jean "L'Intrepide" Côtes du Rhône 2009 ($13) was a blockbuster. It reminded me of those expensive and exotic gourmet chocolate bars that combine peppercorns with cocoa beans or resinous herbs with cocoa beans. It was dense, supple and concentrated with a sun-dried cherry finish - plus pepper, herb and chocolate, of course. This was one for the books.
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By Michael Dresser | March 11, 2009
2005 Diggers Bluff Stray Dog From: Barossa Valley, Australia Price: $15 Serve with: Barbecue, grilled steak This lively blend of the Rhone grapes syrah (shiraz), grenache and mourvedre (mataro) is a red wine with an Aussie swagger and rustic character. This full-bodied, well-rounded wine is packed with blackberry, leather, smoked-meat, chocolate and wild-berry flavors. It's perfect for drinking right now, and its freedom from cork taint is assured by a modern screw cap.
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By [Michael Dresser] | May 2, 2007
From: Southeastern Australia Price: $10 Serve with: Roast poultry, grilled red meat In a very strong line of 2005 red and 2006 white Rosemount releases, this blend of red Rhone Valley varietals stood out. It displays vibrant, upfront, take-no-prisoners fruit and a bracing acidity. It's full-bodied in a kind of Beaujolais-on-steroids kind of way. But somehow the flavors of herbs, cherry, raspberry and blackberry come together in a way that feigns sweetness without really being sweet.
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By Michael Dresser | December 22, 2004
2004 Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy California Grenache ($15). Here's a big, bold but very fruity and youthful red wine that would pair up quite well with turkey or any festive roast. It's loaded with cherry, raspberry, cold-cut and herb flavors. It shows very good grip and a level of tannin that suggests it will improve over the next six months or so. While this is a new wine, it is by no means made in a nouveau style. It has guts. It also has a screw cap - a plus for those who prefer to avoid tainted wine.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | October 4, 2006
This lush, ripe, Rhone-style red blend of mourvedre, syrah and grenache grapes packs a punch in a most gentle, refined way. It's loaded with blackberry, plum, smoked meat and chocolate flavors - all delivered with a silky-smooth texture. With a long finish, it's a well-rounded, complex wine that's just a lot of fun to drink. Serve with hearty roasts, casseroles.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | August 9, 2006
This lush 50-50 blend of grenache and syrah is a thoroughly satisfying Rhone-style red wine. Both fruity and substantial, it offers intense and penetrating flavors of blackberry, black raspberry and herbs. It finishes with a good dollop of acidity, keeping it lively through the finish. Serve with grilled steak.
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