Garnacha Wine (or Grenache in France) is a grape varietal that originated in eastern Spain. Now, it grows regularly not only in Spain, but southern France and Italy. There is a red and white varietal, meaning you can find reds, whites, rosés and even sparkling Garnacha.
The Most Sustainable Grape Around
Really?! Yes. This grape is drought resistant and self-sustaining under harsh weather conditions. Wine makers even go so far as to challenge this grape and see how much it can withstand. They have even discovered that by giving the grape less water, it grows its roots deep into the soil in search of more water. This actually produces a stronger grape and changes the flavor profile of the wine.
Garnacha in Spain
Almost half of grapes grown in Spain are Garnacha. Following the Garnacha Wine you have Tempranillo (another one of my favorites), Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. Spain grows red and white Garnacha grapes. The red grapes tend to be very bold and medium to-full bodied. The whites are a little crisper and have more mineral tones.
The 2015 Garnacha Centenaria from Coto de Hayas honestly might be one of the best wines I’ve ever tasted. If I could create a perfect wine for my preferences, this would be it. It has a lush berry smell and is very full bodied. The aftertaste has a lot of earthy flavors like red pepper and sage. The vines were planted over 100 years ago and this specific wine was aged 4 months in French oak.
This 2016 closDalian Garnacha Blanca has a lot of mineral characteristics and is definitely a lighter white. It is crisp and clean with notes of lemon and white apricot.
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Grenache in France
In France, the Garnacha grape is called Grenache. While they have similar characteristics, the soil and climate of the grapes grown in France give the wines a distinct difference. Typically, you will see subtler spices and more berry flavors. Stay tuned for a tasting notes on this specific Grenache! A lot of Grenache grapes are in blends. A classic combination is the GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre). Click here to shop French Grenache!
Garnacha in Italy
Italian Garnacha Wine tend sto be more tart and lighter in body than the Spanish or French ones. This is pretty typical of a lot of Italian wines like Barbara or Chianti.
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