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Keplinger 2006 Red Slope Grenache

2012 May 4
by Eric Hwang

This wine just keeps getting better and better. After opening this, I’m down to my last bottle of this wonderful vintage and I’m wishing I bought more. Soon I’ll have to start opening the 2007.

Deep brick red clear color. Fragrant aromas of violets, cloves and cherry. Helen’s feminine style is evident in this gorgeous wine. Silky and luxurious dark cherry and raspberry flavors. The savory characteristics beg for rich foods such as duck or pork belly. True, it’s very high alcohol at 15.5%, but the wine is so well integrated it doesn’t taste hot and maintains an understated richness on the palate. How does she do that? A medium finish with a hint of cracked black pepper. One of the best Grenache I’ve had from California.

I purchased this when it was released for $37.50. I would imagine that it’s price has increased with time since it was a very small production.

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