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Grenache finds a star turn in California: The Chronicle Recommends

Grenache finds a star turn in California: The Chronicle Recommends

February 26, 2012
By Jon Bonné, Chronicle Wine Editor

“2009 Skinner El Dorado Grenache ($26, 15%): Winemaker Chris Pittenger’s early vintages have quickly brought attention to this new foothills label. The Grenache hails from two notable sites, Sumu Kaw and Fenaughty, at 2,500 and 2,850 feet, and its big, warm profile is packed with mineral and clove-spiced strawberry, with a slight tarry side. For its relative weight and tannic heft, it’s masterfully refined, a mix that the best Grenache can achieve.”

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