2013 Lightning Wines Chevalier Family Grenache

Estate: Lightning Wines
Region: Mendocino, North Coast, California, United States of America
Vineyard: Chevalier Family Vineyard


Tasting Note:March 31, 2016

Second of the two Grenaches we tried from Lightning Wines, both were tasted over two days with a two hour decant to start. Initially the Chevalier Grenache was a little tight on the nose with just dark cherries showing. As the evening progressed the nose opened up with some charred wood, savory notes and a few earthy and rustic undertones. Dark crimson red, almost ruby red. When you compare the Chevalier Family Grenache to the Swansborough Grenache we noticed that this wine had an overall darker palate. Darker as in it was covered with more dark cherries and dark berries. Heavy tannins (8/10) on day one and moderate plus body. This Grenache was stunning on day two! So smooth, silky and elegant. It was completely put together with some smokey notes on the nose and palate. This wine definitely has a ton of potential and is probably our favorite Grenache we have tried so far this year! Insanely great value.

Drink Dates:

2016 till 2025.


93 points.

Price Point:

$$ - Provided as a sample from the estate. Retail price from Estate is $38.00.