Saturday, January 7, 2012

Gracias Grenache

Recently I participated in a wine personality quiz on to see if I would learn anything new about my wine personality now that I have expanded my palate. I know myself and i know my wine. Wine is the spice of my life. So my spice choice lately has been Grenache or Garnacha at it is known in Spain.

Grenache grapes  are large with thin skins that lend to full bodied red and rose wines with low acidity and pleasant tannins.Although Grenache can be high in Alcohol, if you like some spice in your life this wine has lots of clove, white pepper, licorice and from time to time, a hint of leather.

The beauty of Grenache is that wherever it is around the world, it can stand alone but plays well in the tank with other varieties like his best friend Syrah (also a favorite of mine). If you are a true Wino you must have had a Chateauneuf-de-Pape at one point or another from Southern Rhone. One of the all stars of that perfect symmetry is Grenache followed closely by Syrah and Mourvedre. However, some of the best Chateauneuf-de-Pape's in the World can be made from 100% Grenache.

Although Grenache originated in Spain as Garnacha, Southern Rhone started growing in as Grenache around the 17th Century in Cotes-du-Rhone, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Tavel and Chateauneuf-de-Pape. However, you can also find Grenache in cognito in Sardenga, Italy as Cannonau.

So if you are feeling a little spicy, I have some suggestions for you below:
  • Atteca 2009 Old Vine Garnacha from Calatayud, Spain. Retails for $14.99 and can you say Cola and Cloves, yum.

  • 2009 David Girard Grenache from El Dorardo County, California Retails for $22.00

  • 2010 Evodia Old Vine Garnacha for Calatayud, Spain. Retails for $10.99 and full of pepper and deep red berries.

I could go on and on forever but let's end here so that you can go and get some today. Let me know what you think

Mo Wine!

1 comment:

Winery software said...

I just got a case of Grenache from Burgess cellars for $70 - been seeing a lot more of this grape in the Norcal wine scene.