Moving to the 2019s from bottle the 2019 Grenache offers a slightly more floral and perfumed style with kirsch liqueur herbes de Provence sandalwood and licorice. This carries to a medium to full-bodied Grenache that has a seamless layered texture beautiful tannins and a great finish. It's a more ethereal perfumed ultra-fine effort that will drink well for 15 years or more. This was another brilliant lineup from Jim Binns. The 2019s here are easily the finest I?ve ever tasted and the 2020s don?t appear to be far behind although they bring a touch more oomph compared to the powerful yet elegant 2019s.jd
The 2019 Grenache is blended with 11% Mourvèdre 6% Syrah and 4% Graciano and was made using 65% whole clusters. Fruit comes from the Slide Hill Vineyard in Edna Valley and the Alta Mesa Vineyard Larner Vineyard and Harrison-Clarke Vineyard in Santa Barbara County. It was matured for about 21 months in 50% new French barriques and 600-liter demi-muids and 50% used French barriques. Deep ruby in color it opens with savory tones of tar and loamy earth that give way to potpourri cinnamon stick prosciutto and black cherries. The medium-bodied palate is bright and juicy with fragrant fruits fine grainy tannins and bright acidity and it has a very long latent spicy finish hinting at further improvement in bottle. Bottled on August 21 2021 and tasted May 25 2022 it will be released to consumers in the summer of 2022. 395 cases and a few magnums are available; it will be packaged and sold as a three-bottle set ($330) while magnums will be offered as a box set with the 2019 Andremily EABA.