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Friday, July 25, 2008

2006 Betts & Scholl "the o.g. Grenache"

This wine tricked me big time! It was a sample given to me by a local vendor and when I pulled it out of my cellar with the three other wines I was going to taste, I just assumed it was from California for some reason. When I tasted it I was shocked by the quality and balance and then turned the label around to see what I was really tasting. To my big surprise it was from the Barossa Valley which I probably would have never guessed if I were to have tasted blind. The reason why I say this is because I'm so used to wines from Australia that are way over the top and tremendous fruit bombs. This wine was elegant, soft, expressive, and had good acidity and was not over extracted or oaked. In fact, the mouthfeel was silky smooth, showing hints of soft cherry, milk chocolate, and then later raspberry jam. The aromas showed subtle notes of dusty cherry, milk chocolate, sweet rust, and a floral parlour scent. Perfectly balanced acidity graces this wine and all components are spot on. To be completely honest Grenache has never been my all and all favorite variety, but this wine showed beautiful delineation and focus. Pair this with any number of cheeses and you'll be a star. 91+ Points

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