2008 Crucillon Garnacha Campo de Borja

SKU #1049134

A young red make from 100% garnacha is a fine thing. Particularly when it tastes like this Crucillon, whose red color with blue edges suggests youth in all its glory! This 2008 offers an aromatic profile of red and black fruits with a smooth, fresh and well-balaned palate impression with sweet tannins and even a touch of--gasp--complexity. This is a lot of wine for the money, offering a lot of enjoyment, too!

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2009 | Send Email
This little wine packs a big punch for $7.99. 100% Grenache, the 2008 Crucillon has a nose of ripe dark fruit and bread dough. It is medium-bodied, bright, and has a little earthiness on the finish. A crowd-pleasing, food-friendly style that is not heavy and overripe as some Grenache can be, and exhibits more restraint in the oak category. This wine is a great choice for entertaining, especially if food is involved. I see it going with just about anything that mixes a little savory and sweet, from traditional Spanish cured meats and cheeses, to pizza and wings.

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 13