Each decade we seem to embrace a different grape variety, and it looks like it might the turn of Garnacha. Or Grenache as it’s called in France. There is nothing new about this grape except it’s name is appearing more often on labels. For decades it has formed the backbone of red wines from northern Spain and the south of France (think Cotes du Rhone). Spain is leading the push, and rightly so, as it has a wealth of old Garnacha vineyards producing a treasure-trove of hearty wines. Some can be overly rich and concentrated but most will provide the drinker with something new to explore.
Monseran delivers blockbuster wine at an everyday price. Expect the rich, spicy, nourishing Spanish experience – along with some back street earthiness. A little down ‘n dirty that should work well with hearty stews, braised meats, or the first hour at your winter cabin.
CASTILLO DE MONSERAN 10 Garnacha, Carinena, Spain 375055 $13.95