Opolo Vineyards, 2008, Grenache, Paso Robles

Sipped this on xmas eve.  Nice translation of the Rhône blending grape.  Strong rustic raspberry tones with earthy twirls.  Rather calm, but still excited to deliver richness that I’ve never seen in a Grenache before.  Paso Robles fruit, again, teaching me something.  Nose: gorgeous floral romance, and spiced steps; restrained and intriguing.  The oak voice isn’t overstated, which is nice for any palate wanting to experience that dark fruit from the not-so-noticed varietal.  Fine on its own, but even better with the steak that was served.  If you want to try a Grenache for the first time, this would be an optimal bottle for your beginnings.  Since xmas eve, this beautiful Paso pulse of a wine, I’ve been Grenache hunting.  Anything I find’ll have tough time trumping Opolo’s, I’ll bet.

1S Score: 91