2007 Pablo Menguante Garnacha Cariñena

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What do you get when you make a wine from 80 year-old, organically farmed grenache grapes, harvest carefully, allow fermentation to proceed naturally with indigenous yeasts, and do not age the wine in excessive amounts of new oak? You get a truly lively, natural, garnacha that is light on its feet and delicious to drink, that's what! When our Hollywood staff first tasted this wine, they went bonkers over it, and I might add rightfully so. Where else but in Spain can you come across wine that is so full of flavor and instantly accessible, without paying an arm and a leg for it? According to the Wine Spectator: "Cherry and leafy flavors mingle in this light, fresh red. It has light tannins and a clean finish, where a hint of bitter herb adds interest. Drink now." (10/08) And listed as a Red Value Under $25 in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (02/09)

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By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/25/2009  | Send Email
80 year old, organically farmed Grenache? I'm in. Put me down for a case. Light and bright with wonderful fruit. Low tannins make it an excellent warm weather wine! Drink up.

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/20/2009  | Send Email
A wonderful Grenache, this is another exciting and delicious find from Spain. This organically farmed wine has just right balance between bright dark fruit flavors, subtle minerality and a crisp finish. The Menguante should go well with many different foods, such as chicken, pork or hearty vegetarian food.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/6/2009  | Send Email
Our passion is to discover luscious food-friendly wines from around the world for incredible coin, and this little lime-green label from Cariñena clearly delivers! Maybe it has something to do with the octogenarian vines as thick as a donkey's thighbone, with thirsty roots that sink deep into the parched rocky subsoil. Garnacha responds quite well to poor soils, arid conditions and moderate stress, achieving lower yields and tightening of its fruit, resulting in a medium-balanced wine that while young, delivers great charm and unpretentious appeal. Perfect with tapas— gambas al ajillo or breaded cilantro-lemon chicken.
Drink from 2009 to 2012

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/19/2009  | Send Email
A classic Garnacha with a vibrant nose of juicy fruit and a thick palate of chewy berries. This is fresh and fun without being overripe or overly sweet. Nothing fancy, nothing complex, just smooth and mouthwatering Grenache. I like it as a cocktail or with pork tacos.

 By: Mike Callahan |  Review Date: 9/21/2009 
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A wonderful blend of fruit and minerals makes this a must have garnacha. It is well balanced with only a hint of tannins. It drinks well alone or with mild foods and is a great warm weather wine (like we now have in California). A real bargain at the price.

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Varietal:

Grenache

- 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.
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Spain

- 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 (%): 13.5