Betts & Scholl Chronique Grenache 2006

Grenache from Barossa Valley, Australia

$50.00 $34.99
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Item No. 106475
  • red wine
  • WS93
  • ST91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Winemaker's Notes

Wine Spectator's Harvey Steinman writes: 'Americans Richard Betts, sommelier at Montagna, the Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning restaurant at the Little Nell in Aspen, Colo., and Dennis Scholl, a Miami-based collector of contemporary art, teamed up in 2001 to start the Betts & Scholl label and make Grenache in Australia. They have since added projects in the Rhône and California, but the flagship wine is The Chronique, a Grenache of arresting presence and vivid flavor. Australian Grenache seldom gets this much finesse to go along with power. Betts and Scholl buy grapes from growers with old vines in Barossa. Betts flies to Australia four or five times a year to work with winemaker Christian Canute, who shepherds the wines through his Rusden winery. In tasting what the individual vineyards did in 2003, Betts and Canute kept going back to one lot, entranced by its floral, creamy berry flavors. "It was chronic," Betts says. Hence the name."'

Critical Acclaim

"Firm in texture, with tremendous focus to the blackberry, cherry, anise seed and cardamom aromas and flavors. Not heavy at all, but sleek and expressive—and extra-long on the vibrant finish. Best from 2009 through 2016. "
93 Points

"Vivid red color. Energetic red and dark berry aromas expand with air, picking up fresh rose and incense qualities. Deeply concentrated raspberry and blackberry flavors are given spine by dusty minerality, turning firmer on the close. Fine-grained tannins guide the sweet fruit through a long, gently chewy finish. This seems more vibrant than the O.G. today, and there's the structure here to suggest that it will repay a few more years of patience."
91 Points

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Loaf - Denver, CO (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(10/15/2010)
Definitely what I thought it would be. Nice structure, full bodied, not too tannic and smooth at the end. I'd buy it again.
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John Glass - Santa Clara, CA (read all my reviews)

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Learn About Betts & Scholl

Betts & Scholl is a cooperative effort between Master Sommelier Richard Betts, Wine Director to all friends at the Little Nell in Aspen, and Dennis Scholl, contemporary art collecter and joyous wine drinker, who typically finds himself either in Aspen or Miami Beach. Together, we have forged special relationships with star growers and winemakers from around the world to share in...

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Learn About Barossa Valley

The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley. Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine...

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Learn About Grenache

Grenache (greh-NAASH) Sun-Worshiper This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in Spain (called Garnacha), Australia and the southern Rhone region of France, Grenache is the primary grape in regions such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel, and Priorat. It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like Syrah...

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