2016 Clos de Gilroy Grenache, $15.99
California-based Randall Graham was one of the original Rhone Rangers, and he's still making this Central Coast blend (82 percent grenache, 18 percent syrah) today. The aromas are an intriguing mix of savory meat, earth and dark berry. The fruit-forward palate offers creamy raspberry and strawberry, finishing with tangy cranberry. There's so much to like.
2015 Alzania Gardacho Garnacha, $15.99
The initial aromas of this wine, named for the indigenous lizard once found in the vineyards of the Spanish estate, have an dark umami component, followed by a big hit of bright cherry and berry fruit. One panelist described the palate as "lip smacking." It's definitely heavy on fruit, combining ripe strawberry, raspberry and sweet cranberry: a real crowd-pleaser.
2015 Delincuente Garnacha, $8.99
Made with grapes from 30- to 50-year-old vines located in the Campo de Borja region of Spain, the name translates as "delinquent." A dusty note of earth colors its fruity, floral aromas; the cherry and berry fruit flavors are ripe and juicy; and soft tannins mark the long finish on this outstanding value.