RKS Wine: Perez Cruz Grenache 2020: This Will Be Chile’s Year: Scotty Beam Me Down to Chile!

There has been an astounding jump in the price of most wines of late here in Ontario. It could be due to the LCBO thinking it is the holiday season so people are willing to spend more being in the “festive spirit”. Are you feeling festive enough to spend $383.95 on a Dom Pérignon Brut Rosé Vintage Champagne 2008? I do make it a point to chat with LCBO customers and eavesdrop on a conversation or two. The bleachers are in a state of shock. Entry level California Cabernet Sauvignon that was $20 has now jumped to $26. What has held firm are Chilean wines and in the upcoming release there are 11 of them all under the $26 range. The quality is high and the price compelling. My prediction is that here in Ontario it will be Chile’s year if pricing remains firm. Not to be crude but Chile move in for the kill!

Now to the Grenache there is 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre.

Perez Cruz is a winery to keep an eye on. Its wines are sold at a reasonable price and so far the quality is impressive. Just to be sure we try a 2020 Grenache from Perez Cruz. That tell tale very Grenache well ripened strawberry rules the aroma sphere. It is also brimming with bright high toned red cherry and some chocolate covered red cherry. On the palate beautiful hyper cherries somewhat hammered down and tempered by cactus pear and a tad of beets. 

Really gripping traction on the palate with a very long finish. Easily mistaken for a flippant lightweight but take the burka off and this is a very serious and compelling wine. So far Perez Cruz has amazed this palate. Scotty please beam me down to Perez Cruz in Chile! These guys need a Dr. Bones probe!

While Grenache wines usually have a more serious and ponderous composition this Perez Cruz wants to dance all night at a fiesta with its cousins from Valpolicella and Cabernet Franc.

(Perez Cruz 2020 Grenache, D.O. Valle Maipo, $17.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 25645, 750 mL, 14.5%, RKS Wine Rating 91/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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