Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wines of Garnacha

I really enjoyed the samples of Garnacha wines I received for the Wines of Garnacha campaign. Garnacha (better known by its French name, Grenache) is one of the world’s most popular wine grapes. The aim of the campaign is to differentiate the products and raise the profiles of Garnacha wines produced in the five Protected Designations of Origin located in the area where Garnacha originated (Calatayud, Campo de Borja, Cariñena, Somontano and Terra Alta). Garnacha originated in the region of what is now eastern Spain. Garnacha thrived in the hot, dry Mediterranean climate, and soon spread to the south and east, first to Catalonia and then to other places where the Crown of Aragón expanded throughout the 12th-17th centuries. We tasted the wines over a period of several weeks, enjoying them with a variety of foods.

Garnacha of Calatayud, Campo de Borja, Cariñena, Somontano and Terra Alta

Tasting Notes:
Bodega Pagos del Moncayo Garnacha 2012: grapes hand-picked; macerated in open vats for a week before being crushed by foot; aged 10 months in oak; vibrant red color; dark fruit, berry, vanilla and coffee aromas; berry, spice, and earth flavors; 14% ABV; cork closure.
Castillo de Monseran Garnacha 2011: grapes from bush vines; ruby red color; berry, plum and herb aromas; red berry, plum, and dark berry flavors and vanilla flavors; 12.5% ABV; cork closure.
Agoston Garnacha and Syrah 2013: 50% Garnacha, 50% Syrah; fermented with skins for 10 days in stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation in American and French oak barrels; aged two months in wood, then stabilized, filtered, and bottled; light ruby or garnet color; red berry, floral and spice aromas; bright red fruit, dark fruit, spice and cocoa flavors; 13.5% ABV; twist-off closure.
Viñas Del Vero La Miranda de Secastilla 2009: grapes hand-picked; aged 8 months in new French Allier oak; no fining, light filtration before bottling; deep ruby color; blackberry, earth, and vanilla aromas; cherry, plum, and spice flavors; 14% ABV; cork closure.
Bodegas y Viñedos del Jalón Alto Las Pizarras 2009: grapes hand-picked; cold macerated, then fermented in stainless controlled temperature tanks; aged 11 months in new French Oak; spice, dark fruit, and coffee aromas; cherry, dark fruit, spice and vanilla flavors; 14% ABV; cork closure; 50,000 bottles produced.
Punto Y Seguido Garnacha Vinas Viejas 2009: grapes hand-picked from 40+ year old vines; fermented in stainless controlled temperature tanks after 4 day cold soak; aged 9 months in French Oak; cherry red color; floral, red berry, spice, and grass aromas; cherry, spice, and dark fruit flavors; 14% ABV; cork closure; 150,000 bottles produced.
Discover the wonderful Land of Garnacha Video

Nice variety amongst the wines, with all being food-friendly, drinkable now, and a pleasure to taste!

Wines received for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.

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