Grenache: The True Wine Lover's "Merlot"

For a bottle that’s easily approachable and has plenty of fruit, but also real character, take a hard look at this red grape. 

Courtesy M. Chapoutier
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M. Chapoutier Barbe Rac Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012

Rhône Valley, France

A suave, almost silky wine with a spicy nose hinting at cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper, followed by a flavor of cherry preserves and a bit of chocolate that seems to stretch on forever. $145; chapoutier.com