Wine Review: Cass Grenache 2010 Paso Robles

Grenache 10 Paso Robles’ Rhone Rangers are known for their big, jammy, high toast blockbusters. Cass vineyards takes the opposite approach with this delicate grenache.

Unsullied by grand aspirations and stripped of its usual blending partners, syrah and mourvedre, this is grenache in its purest state. Fresh strawberry, bing cherries, and kirsch are clearly expressed; clove, vanilla, and a slight herbaceous quality lend an exotic air; the tender mouthfeel is charming. Alcoholic bitterness typical of unblended grenache reinforces the sincerity of this lovely yet utterly unpretentious wine.

Solid acidity from a cool growing season makes up for the lack of tannic structure.

Good: Soft, expressive mouthfeel

Bad: A slight bitterness on the palate

Distinctive: Pure expression of the grape

Price: $25-$30

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