2010 Keplinger - Grenache Red Slope 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2010 Red Slope shows lovely varietal Grenache nuance and detail. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet herbs and red cherries all come together in a wine that stands out for its pointedness and precision. A host of savory notes linger on the close. The Red Slope remains one of the most distinctive wines in Helen Keplinger's lineup. As for the 2010, it is, oh, so beautiful. Readers who can find the 2010 should not hesitate. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

Drink Dates: 2015-2025
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 206

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

(a 96/4 blend of grenache and syrah; from a southwest-facing parcel featuring volcanic red rock and slate soil. Good deep red-ruby. Enticing perfume of raspberry, blackberry, bergamot and jasmine tea. Wonderfully sweet on entry, then aromatic and bright in the middle, showing lovely clarity to its berry and tea flavors. The tannins are sweet and the wine builds nicely on the back end.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 168

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Pure and rich, with vivid red berry, candy apple and raspberry fruit, accented by crushed rock, cedar and tobacco leaf notes. Gains depth, ending with elegant lift and firm tannins that give the flavors traction. Grenache and Syrah. Better than previously reviewed.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: James Laube


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Average rating: 93, based on 3 reviews
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25 bottles owned by 11 collectors.

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About This Producer


Premiering her own brand with the 2006 vintage, Helen Keplinger has already been active in wine on two continents. She has worked with Heidi Barrett and Kathy Joseph in California, and made the first three vintages of Melis in Priorat. Production of the first release of Keplinger, (Syrah, and a Grenache-based/Syrah blend) is all sourced from Knights Valley and is under 300 cases. A Mourvedre is also produced.

Wine Varietal: Grenache


One of the most widely planted varieties in the world, Grenache is most well known as the base variety in wines from the Southern Rhone, such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes-du-Rhone, and Gigondas. Grenache thrives in hot, arid climates all over the world particularly in the Mediterranean and Australia. Its origin is believed to be the Roussillon region of southern France (formerly Spain - where it is grown today and is known as Garnacha). Grenache is used in blends to round out Rhone-style reds to soften harsher varieties such as Syrah and Carignan. It is also used for rose wines. Typical descriptors for Grenache include raspberries, strawberries. black currants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, and herbes de Provence.

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