International Grenache Day #GrenacheDay

Taking advantage of the International Grenache Day that is celebrated around the world on September 21 (the third Friday in September), we want to recommend different red wines made with Grenache, one of the most popular grape varieties in the world and the second most common in Spain.

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This Mediterranean variety has perfectly adjusted to the different soils and climates of a large part of the Iberian Peninsula, resulting in a wide range of wine profiles, and greatly enriching the national wine scene.

Throughout the Spanish geography, we find light red wines made with Grenache, and not only in cool areas. For example, this Rafael Cambra Soplo 2014, made in Valencia, with a slight maceration, a short ageing in used barrels and a calm stay in concrete deposits, shows us a more juicy and fruity profile. Another example is Envínate Albahra 2017, a Red Grenache (Garnacha Tintorera) from Albacete, with a good acidity and freshness thanks to its production in cement deposits with a percentage of the stems. A light and very drinkable wine.

In Aragon, with a continental climate of Mediterranean influence, we mainly find a more concentrated and robust wine profile, especially in Campo de Borja and Calatayud, where the Grenache is the main variety. A classic like Borsao Tres Picos 2016 shows us with strength and elegance the intensity of the wines of this area. Also in Campo de Borja, Fernando Mora makes As Ladieras 2015, looking for the most refined side of these truly expressive Grenache grapes.

The freshest and most delicate profile of the Grenache in Spain is found in Gredos. Here, at a high altitude and on granite soils, Comando G produces its delicious Grenache, plot by plot. Rozas 1er Cru 2016 ,vinified with native yeasts, gentle macerations and ageing in large barrels, is a juicy wine, deep and very refined. To the east of the mountain range Sierra de Gredos, Daniel Landi makes Las Uvas de la Ira Vino del Pueblo 2016 with the same goal: to show the freshest and most distinguished side of the Grenache, in vineyards cultivated organically and biodynamically, with the utmost respect in the vineyard and just enough intervention in the winery.

We cannot talk about the Grenache variety without going through Priorat. Here we find the first wine to obtain the classification Gran Vi de Vinya Classificada (great wine from classified vineyards): L’Ermita 2015 by Álvaro Palacios. An exceptional Grenache of more than 100 years, from a single 1.44-hectare vineyard, shared in a very small percentage with Carignan and white grapes. L’Ermita majestically expresses all the personality of the Grenache in a precise and honest way, without hiding the character that its unique terroir gives it. An ample and intense wine that caresses the palate with roundness and its long-lasting finish.

As you can see, the Grenache variety provides us with wines for all kinds of occasions. Let’s celebrate #GrenacheDay in the best way!

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