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CHEESE PAIRING:
Montenebro
Morbier
Baby Swiss
Asiago
Emmentaler
Iberico
Manchego







90+ point rated wines under $20

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One of the main blending grapes in Spain, where it's the most planted varietal and called Garnacha, and in the South of France, where it is at its' best in the Rhone region of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This is a high-alcohol, low tannin grape that makes light to medium-bodied, fruity wines. With the right terroir, they are like more spicy, riper versions of Pinot Noir, when overripe they are just bland fruit bombs. Blended with Syrah (and others) in the Rhone Valley to make Cotes-du-Rhone table wines. In Spain, it is mixed with Tempranillo in the regions of Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Both France and Spain use it to make many of their best rosé wines, which have great fruit and acidity. While still mainly a blending grape, more California, Australia and Spanish producers are isolating prime vineyard sections to create some lovely wines on their own. New World single bottle versions will cost you ($20+), as the grape is gaining popularity, Spanish versions can be bought for $10-$15. The grape's lack of tannin lessens its' ability to age. Most versions should be drunk 3-4 years after the vintage date, unless they are blended with something else like Syrah, which gives the wine more of a backbone.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A light to medium-bodied, bright ruby colored wine with ripe red fruit flavors (strawberry, raspberry, cherry) and spicy notes (white pepper, cloves, tobacco) with more than it's fair share of alcohol. Low tannins and moderate acidity make them easy to drink right away. Though not enough acidity can lead to overripe and flabby flavors, leaving the alcohol all too apparent.



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spacer.gif2008 Altovinum Evodia Garnacha, Calatayud, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2008 Cass Winery Grenache, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Altovinum Evodia Garnacha, Calatayud, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha, Campo de Borja, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Grey Stack Cellars Grenache, Sonoma, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2007 Las Rocas Garnacha, Calatayud, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Vina Alarba Old Vines Garnacha, Aragon, SpainRATING: *
spacer.gif2007 Vinedos y Bodegas Pablo Menguante Garnacha,
Carinena, Spain
RATING: *
spacer.gif2006 Anglim Winery Grenache, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Artazu Artazuri Garnacha, Navarra, SpainRATING: *
spacer.gif2006 Atteca Old Vines Grenache, Calatayud, SpainRATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Barrel 27 "Rock and a Hard Place" Grenache, Central Coast, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Beckmen Vineyards PMV Grenache, Santa Barbara, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Beckmen Vineyards PMV Whole Cluster Grenache,
Santa Barbara, CA
RATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha, Campo de Borja, SpainRATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Brophy Clark Cellars Grenache, Arroyo Grande, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Cass Winery Grenache, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Dark Star Cellars Grenache, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Denner Vineyards Grenache, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Edward Sellers Winery Grenache, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Hacienda Molleda Garnacha, Carinena, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Hitching Post Grenache, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Imagery Estate Winery Grenache, Sonoma, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Kaena Santa Ynez Valley Grenache, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Kaena Tierra Alta Vineyard Grenache, Santa Barbara, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Kenneth-Crawford Larner Vineyard Grenache,
Santa Barbara, CA
RATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Las Rocas Garnacha, Calatayud, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Bodegas Leceranas Evohé Garnacha, Aragon, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Minassian-Young Grenache, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 San Liege Grenache, Central Coast, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Slipstream Grenache, McLaren Vale, AustraliaRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Stolpman Vineyard Grenache, Santa Barbara, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Tercero Wines Camp 4 Vineyard Grenache, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Vie Winery L'Imaginaire Grenache, Santa Barbara, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Vinos Sin-Ley Puerta Bonita G5 Garnacha, Madrid, SpainRATING: *
spacer.gifNV Chateau de Saint Cosme "Little James' Basket Press",
Rhone Valley, France
RATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Adelaida Cellars Glenrose Vineyard Grenache, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Anglim Winery Grenache, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Artazu Artazuri Garnacha, Navarra, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Beckmen Vineyards Estate Grenache, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Beckmen Vineyards PMV Grenache, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Betts & Scholl Chronique Grenache, Barossa Valley, AustraliaRATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Domaine Andre Brunel Grenache, Vaucluse, FranceRATING: *
spacer.gif2005 Cass Winery Grenache, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Kaena Santa Ynez Valley Grenache, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Las Rocas Garnacha, Calatayud, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas, Calatayud, SpainRATING: *
spacer.gif2005 Zeta Garnacha, Navarra, SpainRATING: *
spacer.gif2004 Beckmen Vineyards PMV Grenache, Santa Barbara, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2004 Beckmen Vineyards PMV Grenache Whole Cluster, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2004 Cass Winery Grenache, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2004 Edward Sellers Grenache, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2003 Pirramimma Old Bush Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, AustraliaRATING: **
spacer.gif2002 Ridge Lytton Estate Grenache, Sonoma, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2001 Bedford Thompson Winery Grenache, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **


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**** Outstanding | *** Delicious | ** Enjoyable | * Drinkable
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