Category Archives: Grenache

PICK of the RACK: Cellers Baronia del Montsant | Englora | D.O. Montsant | Spain | 2008 | $18 | 90 pts

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A big brother of our previously featured 2009 Flor d’Englora Roure (red blend), here is another delightful red from northeastern Spain’s Montsant appellation (Denominación de Origen) — a mountainous region west of Barcelona where wine grapes are grown on steep, craggy slopes. Low-yielding old vine Grenache and Carignan are the dominant … Continue reading

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PICK of SOUTHERN OREGON: Abacela | Garnacha | Umpqua Valley | Oregon | 2012 | $29 | 88 pts

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Oregon wine is not all about the expansive Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) and its six sub-appellations; nor is Oregon wine just about Pinot Noir. There are ten additional officially recognized winegrowing regions across the state where winemakers are producing a broad array of varieties and styles in … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Layer Cake Wines | Garnacha (Grenache) | Calatayud | Spain | 2010 | $15

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This Garnacha (Grenache) was produced in the Calatayud region of north central Spain from old-vine vineyards situated at 3,000 feet above sea level.  The high elevation, arid climate, wide daytime-nightime temperature swings, and dry, rocky soils account for an intriguing mélange of aromas and flavors and remarkable freshness.  … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Baronia del Montsant | Flor d’Englora Roure | Red Blend | Montsant | Spain | 2009 | $15 | 89 pts

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Aromas:  black cherry; baking spices; hint of vanilla bean Character:  full-bodied & earthy; medium tannins & firm acidity; toasty oak & mineral Flavors:  dark fruit compote; pomegranate; roasted plum; sweet cured tobacco; bitters Food Pairing:  sharp cheeses; grilled meats and veggies; roasted pork; TexMex.   … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Cedarville Vineyard | Grenache | El Dorado County | California | 2008 | $25 | 88 pts

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Aromas:  vibrant red berry fruit; chocolate; sandalwood. Character:  dry; fruit-driven; mid-weight; smooth mouthfeel; low tannin; medium acidity; light oak. Flavors: brandied cherries; cinnamon; tinge of mineral. Food Pairing:  soft, creamy cheeses; grilled meats & fish; tomato-based pasta dishes; delicious without food.   I recently had … Continue reading

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