Grenache | Reds

Weekend Wine: Las Rocas Garnacha


(Los Rocas)

Las Rocas Garnacha 2009 Calatayud (Spain), $9-$14: Garnacha, the grape variety the French call Grenache, makes a fruit-packed, delicious, approachable dry red grown on the arid, unforgiving rocky soils of Spain’s Aragon region. The Vinas Viejas, or “old vines” wine, about $20, is made off vines from 60 to 100 years old. It’s more difficult to locate but so worth the search. The standard Garnache also is exceptional, just not as powerful, and is carried in many supermarkets including Meijer, Busch’s and Kroger. These wines offer dark berry, dark plum, spicy flavors. They will paint your mouth purple. The vines grow like bushes on land that looks like the surface of the moon. Also find the brand at Plum Market, Westborn Market, Champane’s Wine Cellars and Wood’s Fine Wines.