I love Grenache, Garnacha, Garnatxa. There are so many variations that it’s hard to keep track! From the Rhone to California to the desert crumbled hills of Priorat, Grenache and I have a love affair. Grenache even has it’s own day, in late September, where lovers from around the world converge on Twitter (#GrenacheDay) to compare tasting notes and host parties. It was on that very day that I tasted the Shatter Grenache. Shatter is a partnership between Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Cellars and Joel Gott of Joel Gott Wines. Shatter is their first project together, and it is created in the small town of Maury, in the Roussillon Region of France. The hillside vineyards are planted in black schist, similar to slate, that is widely known in the area to produce wonderful Rhone wines. The poor nutrients in the soil allow the grapes to ripen slowly, through cooler nights and hot days. This big red bruiser is full of dark cherry and pepper, plums and spice. It was slightly flabby at first, but had a nice black pepper note to it that is a classic Grenache profile. Yum! Big, bold, and classic California in style This wine was provided for tasting on #GrenacheDay. My apologies for being a slow poke!