Over the past half a dozen years or so I have gotten very familiar with wines that have the touch of "the Grenache God" Philippe Cambie.
Cambie advises hundreds of producers, large and small, on winemaking and more, and while each maintain their own style, a credit to Cambie for not trying to make them all taste the same, it's his own Les Halos de Jupiter wines that always capture my attention.
Recently a friend was tossing a party so I suggested she buy some of the 2016 Les Halos de Jupiter Cotes du Rhone and as a present she arranged for me to receive one. I wish I had more. The blend of Grenache (85%), Syrah 10% and Mourvèdre (5%) is so much of a reminder to my early days of buying Cotes du Rhone back in the 80s. Back then the wines were from Guigal and their Cotes du Rhone became a staple in the house.
The rich, bright fruit, and the jammy Grenache is a very much a big wine. It's loaded with fruit and is something to really enjoy. I for one could enjoy this type of wine all the time. The wine is layered and chewy but it's not so big that you can't enjoy it on a warm day.
Cambie's own wines come into the USA via a direct import with Total Wine, so the distribution is scattershot but these are worth finding.