September 16th, 2016 was International Grenache Day. Somewhat disregarded for many years, the "Pinot Noir of the South" now enjoys a growing reputation.
Grenache has multiple qualities. Fruit, freshness, acidity and, most notably, the ability to convey the specific features of its place of origin.
So, here is our selection of Grenache wines to remember G-Day.
Still in Aragón, but shifting to Campo de Borja, here is an old favourite of... Robert Parker. Crafted by Bodegas Borsao,The excellent Borsao Tres Picos 2014 keeps getting high scores and warm accolades year after year from the Maryland-based critic.
Now we jump to Catalonia's arch-enemy, namely Madrid (no offense intended). Right now, some of Spain's most interesting Grenache wines-some even say the most interesting-are being produced the Sierra de Gredos area. How do they taste? Well, to get an idea we suggest that you try the deep, refined Marañones 2013, by Bodega Marañones, and the subtle, yummy La Bruja Avería 2014, made by the Comando G winery. Incidentally, these are entry-level wines that, in a blind tasting, would put to shame many overpriced wines around the world.
Our last wine comes from La Rioja. Crafted by the Palacios-Remondo winery, owned by the family of the great Álvaro Palacios, Palacios-Remondo Propiedad 2011 stands comparison with some of the most prestigious names from the South of France.
Until our next post,
Enjoy wine -and let it breathe.