We've been on quite the Grenache kick lately. When done right, it can have a wonderfully complex flavor without being too overbearing. It pairs wonderfully with a wide variety of foods but is equally tasty on its own.
A few nights ago we enjoyed a 2006 Ridge Lytton Estate Grenache. It had a floral nose that gave way to plum and other dark fruit flavors. It was a little peppery with subtle tannin throughout. That's one of the cool things about Grenache - it can take on a variety of characteristics.
We thoroughly enjoyed it with rack of lamb and filet mignon at Blue Boheme in San Diego's Kensington neighborhood.
This wine was comprised of 80% Grenache, 10% Petite Sirah, and 10% Zinfandel. Only 49 barrels were produced, and this vintage is sold out. I'm not really sure how we got our hands on some.