International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(100% garnacha, from vines reportedly over a century old): Inky ruby. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry, cherry-cola, sandalwood and Asian spices, plus a smoky overtone. Intense, mineral-accented red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, showing sexy floral pastille and spicecake elements. Sweet and deep in flavor but impressively lithe, finishing with strong thrust and noteworthy clarity.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: September/October 2011
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92The 2008 Espectacle del Montsant has a very distinctive, oyster shell-scented bouquet that expresses its terroir extremely well, hints of fennel emerging with continued aeration. The palate is fleshy in the mouth with notes of mulberry, raspberry and a curious, faint touch of anchovies. Very well-balanced and individual with a honeyed texture, it deftly disguises its 15% alcohol. This intriguing Montsant should age nicely over the next decade. Drink 2013-2023.Drink Dates: 2013-2023Author: Neal Martin
Self | Rating: 80Not sure what all the fuss is about for this year/label. The nose was intriguing and powerful but the taste and body simply did not even come close to the aromatic promise. I didn't find this wine particularly enjoyable. I had it with a friend who knows and likes it; he assured me it was a good bottle.Drink Dates: 2012-2017Author: DartAdam
Grenache is a thick-skinned, late-ripening variety that requires a warm or hot climate to grow. Its tolerance for drought conditions make it an ideal match for the water-starved regions of , the , and . It is rarely made as a varietal wine, and usually produces full-bodied blends that are high in alcohol and low in acidity with soft tannins and aromas of cherry, rhubarb, raspberry, cinnamon, tobacco, and thyme. These wines are typically matured in large old oak vessels so as not to overwhelm the delicate fruit flavors of Grenache.
Grenache is the most widely planted variety in the Southern Rhône, and the best-quality blends come from where the wines are full-bodied with rich texture and concentrated spicy red fruit. Look to producers such as , , or for the best expressions of these wines.
In Spain, this variety is referred to as “Garnacha” and is an important blending partner of in the region of , where low-yielding old vines enable the production of intense, complex, full-bodied, wines with high tannin, fresh black fruit, and toasty oak. It is also an important contribution to blends in , where it contributes perfume, body, and alcohol to . and create some of the best expressions of these Spanish styles.
In the New World, high-quality Grenache-based blends are found in the and regions of Australia, where old bush vines yield low volumes of highly concentrated grapes. Wines from top-quality producers such as are robust, with intense flavors of ripe red berry and peppery spice. producers such as are also making world-renowned wines from Grenache.
Grenache’s spice-forward flavor profile makes it a great pairing option for spiced and herb-heavy dishes, including roasted and spiced vegetables, braised pork, turkey breast, and a range of ethnic foods. However, it is important to note that the high alcohol in Grenache can magnify the heat of piquant dishes, and vice versa.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 66 bottles owned
- 16 collectors
- Average collector rating: 80
(Out of 16 collectors)