Grenache used to be the most widely planted grape in the world, but recently it’s seen a decline due to mass productions. That’s a shame since Grenache is responsible for some of the best wines in the world; Chateau Rayas, Beaucastel Chateneauf-du-pape, and Sine Qua Non to name but a few. The baseline of Grenache is red fruits and licorice, high alcohol due to its prevalence to ripen, and low tannin partially due to its thin skins. But the Grenaches of Spain (Priorat, Campo de Borja) are very different from their Southern Rhone and American cousins, not to mention a growth seen recently in Australian wines (Sucette).
The great thing about Grenache is there isn’t a singular stylistic through line; the bad thing about Grenache is there isn’t a singular stylistic through line. This means that some work is needed to find what style of Grenache you may fall in love with. But that work is oh so very worth it!