The Daily Rant 2012.5

Focusing on Grenache


With my heavy travel schedule these days it's sometimes hard to sit down long enough to get a useable rant on video. I'm working ahead so often that it just seems odd to be ranting about wines that may not appear in an article or on the site for days or weeks. Well, screw it, I'm going to be bringing you content when it's completed, not necessarily when it's scheduled to run. Consider these as sneak previews of upcoming content and reviews!

Checking out Garnacha!

The first in a series of rants setting up our kick-off next week of GTiGrenache. Today I'm looking at three fine specimens from Spain!

Australian Grenache

Yes, we're moving from Spain where you expect to find lots of Grenache to Australia, where you might be thinking of not going at all, but what a mistake that would be!

Australia produces some really delicious Grenache based wines and the beauty of the ones I try to day is that they  generally remain very true to Grenache, meaning that they are lighter in body and full of aromatic red fruits.

Grenache from California

Checking out Grenache from California. It seems like you can find the right terroir for almost and grape vareity in California, though there is a try and error period that usually means first attempts can often miss their mark.

Grenache has proven to be a rather adaptable variety, with great examples from so many regions that you would have to think it would do just fine in California, right?

Great Discovery from Monsant

I taste almost everyday, usually a case at a time, and some days can be rather plodding with familiar labels and familiar wines. Then there are days like today, when out of those 14 bottles, two stood out and they came from the same producer, which is always a great sign.

I reallt enjoyed both of these wines, from a producer called Pinyolet, who is new to me. Check out these two impressive wines!

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  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    I've not been overwhelmed by Valdemar's wines, but that Garnacha sounds worth a try.

    May 03, 2012 at 4:33 PM

  • Snooth User: steve666
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    Slightly off topic. Got a wonderful 2004 a while back from one of on line retailers. Ondarre Reserva Rioja. ended up buying two cases, and before then hadn't really liked Spanish wines. Best of all the price was something like $11 a bottle. If you can find it, grab it up. Full bodied, assume it was tempranillo blend, much fuller bodied than most inexpensive Rioja.
    Been trying French and Spanish Grenache blends, and some 100% grenache. Just started because I had high school and college memories of Almaden grenache rose that was so dreadful didn't knowingly touch grenache until a few years ago. There is so much good wine in so many varietals and blends from all around the world that we have so many great wines to try. Ain't wine wonderful!

    May 03, 2012 at 8:59 PM

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