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Garnacha is the world’s second most widely planted grape, and occupies almost as much Spanish vineyard acreage as Spa...Read more...
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Food Pairings for Pannotia Vineyards Garnacha Vinos de Madrid
Garnacha is the world’s second most widely planted grape, and occupies almost as much Spanish vineyard acreage as Spain’s better known grape, Tempranillo. Garnacha is called Grenache by the rest of the world, but though it’s best known in France’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape, it should be called by its Spanish name, its place of origin. Ancient Garnacha vineyards range throughout Spain’s limestone terraces and clay/limestone plains. But Spain’s greatest asset is its elevation. The third most mountainous country in Europe, Spain offers Garnacha vines a chance to warm in the Spanish sun, but to cool off at night when, at elevations of 2500 feet or more, the nighttime temperatures plummet. Throughout Castilla, these conditions allow ripe Garnacha with higher acids that allow for better balance and aging. Our winemaker, Rick Jones, is a master at the art of managing the influence of oak upon a wine. Jones has created a wine of lovely balance, with the vibrant and gushing fruit many expect from Spanish Garnacha. But by utilizing a few months in French and American oak, Rick not only creates a subtler style, he allows the character of the vineyards to show through in the finish. Our Garnacha has the intense strawberry and raspberry flavors Garnacha so happily exudes. The American and French barrels express themselves in black pepper, cinnamon, allspice and coconut aromas that balance that fat fruit of the palate. Though the wine seems soft and easy, there are some stone and even oyster shell notes in the finish that bring the wine to amore complex close than the easy begin suggests. Mushroom dishes, grilled fish and chicken, especially in medium-bodied versions are ideal.
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