It had been a while since I last tasted the Grenache from one of my favorite little producers in the county but I thought it warranted, last night just wanting to have something a little different. It wasn’t too hot outside as it had been and the commonplace SB or Chard didn’t hit me in thought and meditative angles. “I need something red and celestial, gentle but assertive in certain corners of the palate,” I internally intoned. So I pulled the last Sanglier Grenache from my cellar. And immediately I was riled by the spiral of earthy red fruit, meaning mostly raspberries and pleasant medium-red jam-reminiscent tremolos that talk to the palate and encourage those second-looks which aren’t bizarrely over-analytical, or even analytical at all. That’s not why I opened it, I didn’t want to be a wine critic and I didn’t want to be critical, I just wanted a charming musical soar of a red and I was sure I’d find it here in Sanglier’s translation of Grenache. And I did, oh… I did. Small run on this bottle so I’d get some soon, if I were you. Just don’t buy too much.. this writer needs some more. [JOKE?] And with the food I’m used to ordering or enjoying here in the writerhut, like Mexican or light red pasta, or even a burger from this place my wife and I love down the street, it’s perfect, versatile and vivacious from sip one to last. The blend on it’s 75% Grenache and 25 Syrah, so it’s linear in its note sequence of the fruit complexion and tempered oak talk, but not in any way simplistic or plebeian. This is a bottle that any Rhône or red adorer should have on their home shelf. Perfect beat and bravado but as I affirmed nothing excessive in volume, or ‘voltage’ as I sometimes say. The Touché will have saying to yourself, “Touché”, a bit seductively startled that a Grenache could have such depth and amorous modes.