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A fairly potent red, this particular variety comes from the Northeast section of Spain. A place I've never been but wouldn't mind visiting. I love the fact that their website loads in Castilian.
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I thought about taking this review nice and slow and letting my intellect evaporate as the bottle slowly disappears. Rather, I'll stick to just a pair of glasses while I'm in the cockpit here, keyboard in hand.
Garnacha or Grenache (they're the same thing) are some of the most popular red wine grapes planted in the world. Popular among U.S., French, and Spanish growers these grapes are notorious for coming from awful soil. Take slate and then somehow remove any hint of moisture and that's the type of environment these grapes come from. That strength is evident when you start sipping.
This particular Garnacha is aged for four-months in French Oak and you can taste a bit of that smoky flavor. I'm not a big fan of the smokiness but it definitely helps give a softer, fuller flavor with each sip, which I can appreciate.
The label claims that there are some black fruit aromas and I think I can taste a bit of that. It's fairly smooth without a ton of bite. With some cabernet sauvignon I definitely get a sharpness to the taste that I'm not a big fan of.
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This wine would pair well with a pork roast and either beef or pork stew. Given the alcohol content (14%), you definitely need a food pairing that can hold it's own against the mighty Garnacha.