"The dark ruby-colored 2003 Grenache Old Vines Clarendon Hills exhibits a big, sweet nose of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, dusty soil, pepper, and herbs. Consume this full-bodied, corpulent Grenache over the next 5-6 years." 93 points, Robert Parker Jr (October 2005)
Lithe, supple and distinctive for its plum and spice flavors on a medium-weight frame, with a peppery licorice note adding interest to the finish.
93 points, Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman)
What a ride. On the palate, it comes and goes in waves, with cassis surging one moment, and violets and black pepper the next. Tannins are manageable but textured, and the finish brings a nutty, earthy flavor and another burst of berry fruit. Delicious now, and should age well through the decade.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast (August 2005)
A fine and stylish grenache whose lean expression of brightly focused fruit is backed by meaty, briary and earthy complexity. Its deep fragrance of plums and berries is very perfumed and floral, while its tightly knit and supple palate bursts with vibrant layers of flavour, backed by chocolate and leather. Long, intense and rustic, with a savoury finish and a lingering core of vibrant fruit.
94 points, Jeremy Oliver