2012 Skylark Mendocino County Grenache (Previously $28) SKU #1438220

Price: $14.99

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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 Reviews

  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    There’s 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. Don’t miss out as this was a one-shot deal.


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