Tomato, Tomahto, Grenache, Garnatxa

July 10, 2016

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I think what the Spaniards saying here is “Grenache”, the traditional red grape of the Southern Rhone Valley (ie Chateauneuf du Pape), also a long-cultivated variety in parts of Spain. Whatever the etymology, this is a great find as a daily drinker. Modest in scale, full of fruit and with well-managed alcohol of 14%, the wine presents itself initially as bit of black plum with some bitterness that I will generously describe as black olive. With some air, the wine in the glass moves nicely from the darker plum tones to a brighter cherry quality. This isn’t a keeper (One or two years is fine) but it’s a great one for that mid-week meal. I enjoyed mine with chicken braised in tomatoes, peppers and onions at home with the family. A much better wine than us wine geeks usually associate with screw top closure wines.

 

A bargain at about $8-$10 a bottle in wine shops around the country.