2014 Castillo de Monseran Garnacha Cariñena

SKU #1241677 Wine Spectator

 Ripe plum and chocolate flavors have a slightly candied character in this round, supple red, backed by sweet-tart acidity and light tannins that give way to a fresh finish. Drink now. 8,500 cases imported. (TM, Web-2016)

K&L Notes

In the region of Cariñena, the Garnacha grape variety finds a lovely expression, one which is less high octane and lighter on its feet than in some of the neighboring regions. This easy drinker is a terrific bargain for anyone looking for a house red or a wine for a celebration.

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2017 | Send Email
This ridiculously affordable little Garnacha (Grenache) is loaded with vivid red berries. Sily soft tannins coat the palate, supported by refreshing acidity and a subtle anise-y kick on the finish. This is an impressive bottle to pair with lighter tapas, but it has the right profile (and its inexpensive enough) to serve as the perfect Sangria starter.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2016 | Send Email
This great little bargain of a grenache has bright, red fruits, supple tannin and lovely balance. A really good go to as a party wine that will match up very well with most foods.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2016 | Send Email
One of the best values for sure! An easy drinking, fruit-driven wine. Herbal overtones on the nose, bursting with ripe berry and plum fruit typical of Garnacha. Soft and round on the palate with gentle, well-integrated tannins making it suitable to be enjoyed while young. Lingering red fruit flavors on the finish. A great wine for tomato based pasta dishes, cold cut platters and mixed tapas.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2016 | Send Email
Whenever I recommend this wine, people can't believe it would be that good for only $7.99...but it is!!! This party perfect red is full bodied with classic garnacha aromatics of cherry, strawberry and rhubarb. Whether its your house red or party pounder, this grenache is sure to deliver while keeping the pocketbooks full.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2016 | Send Email
Effortlessly enjoyable, the 2014 Monseran is the party wine par excellence. The nose displays brambly, juicy, berry-fruit aromatics, which lead into a light bodied, low tannin wine. On the palate, the fruit bends towards the red side of the spectrum, with strawberry, raspberry, and rhubarb flavors, subtly accented by notes of anise and dry spice. This wine will be equally happy flying solo as a cocktail wine, or getting friendly with a smorgasbord of dishes.

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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 (%): 12.5