92pts Wilfred Wong
The 2016 d'Arenberg Derelict Vineyard Grenache offers well-balanced richness and persistence on the palate and finish. This wine brings lively aromas and flavors of red and black fruits as well as a hint of savory spices and licorice. Enjoy it with grilled lamb chops. (Tasted: September 24, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
91pts Wine & Spirits
Chester Osborn makes this wine from a collection of old vineyards he purchased, where the vines were mostly abandoned. He cleaned them up a bit, and now they grow an earthy, intensely concentrated grenache with savory meat nuances under layers of strawberry flavor. Tannins create a black satin drape over the fruit, which lasts with the gamey notes in a smooth finish.
90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Dark in color and saturated in hue, d'Arenberg's 2016 The Derelict Vineyard Grenache appears built to age. Loaded with concentrated black cherry fruit, the wine is full-bodied and framed by muscular tannins. I suspect the tannins will always be prominent, but they should soften a bit within a few years. The fruit is fresh, with no indication of over-ripeness, finishing clean and long. Rating: 90+
Generous fruits on the nose that are hallmarks of d'Arenberg Grenache: blueberry, plum, and mulberry. Intertwined with loads of exotic spicy notes, floral edges and underlying rustic, earthy line. Fine, gritty tannins and vibrant acid help to complete a complex, food-friendly wine.