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Deep Discount on a 93-Point Cali Red with Beaucastel Roots - 11/01/2019 - Syrah (domestic)

Crafted by a pair of winemaking luminaries and priced just under $15, the 93-point, 2012 Skylark Grenache is an amazing value that’s sure to earn many adoring fans. Aged to perfection, this dazzling red from John Lancaster and Rob Perkins beautifully shows the heights Grenache can achieve. On par with some of the finest bottlings out of the Southern Rhône, this 2012 is an attention-capturing red that offers enticing aromatics, lush fruit, and perfectly appointed spice. No new oak was used, which results in one of the purest examples of Grenache on the market today. Its time in the bottle has allowed its tannins to seamlessly integrate, making for a smooth and supple approach. At $28 this wine is a steal, but at $14.99 it becomes a must-have opportunity. We were so impressed, we picked up as much as we could and recommend you do the same

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2012 Skylark Mendocino County Grenache (Previously $28) ($14.99)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "This could easily be mistaken for one of the more delicate old-vine Grenache wines coming out of South Australia - that appetizing mélange of tar, herbs, rose and strawberry carried in a texture thats full bodied yet sunny and silky. It comes from a rocky southwest-facing slope above Ukiah that Charlie Sawyer planted to Cabernet in 1999, then grafted over to the Château de Beaucastel selection of Grenache in 2005. Winemakers (and longtime sommeliers) Robert Perkins and John Lancaster consider it one of the best Grenache sites on the North Coast, presenting a wine made without added yeast, new oak, fining or filtration - just remarkably pure Grenache." (08/2016)

K&L Notes: As an unabashed Grenache lover I was floored by this opportunity. I'm not completely sure why they were sitting on a significant parcel of this back-vintage wine, but I knew better than to ask too many questions. It's incredibly rare to come across back vintages of California wine and rarer still to be able to buy an entire lot at an amazingly sweet price. Skylark is a micro-small winery operation spearheaded by two wine industry veterans cum San Francisco taste makers; John Lancaster and Rob Perkins. Together they built the wine program at the venerable Boulevard Restaurant. John & Rob source fruit for this beauty from a cool-climate site located high in the hills of Ukiah in Mendocino. The vineyard is planted with clonal material from the legendary Chateau-de-Beaucastel; arguably one of the greatest estates in France. Each year, this vineyard turns out some of the most impressive Grenache this side of the Atlantic. Each year Skylark produces a tiny batch (275 cases) of this glorious wine. What an amazing find.

Staff ImageKaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 15, 2019

Theres no denying that this wine is just now hitting its sweet spot. After several winters in the cellar, all of the parts have come together. Initially I had some reservations about the wines age but those were quickly erased as soon as I tasted it. Having opened several bottles now, I can confirm that this wine is firing on all cylinders. Reminiscent of a fine Gigondas or Lirac, or possibly the best Garnacha from Spain, the Skylark Grenache oozes with black cherry, berry and spice notes. There are generous floral aromatics merging into a mélange of dried roasted herbs. It's medium weight and simply glides across the palate. At nearly half the regular price, this wine comes just in time for the holidays. Load up on this one and pull corks vigorously for the next 2-3 months. Dont miss out as this was a one-shot deal.