2009 Castillo de Monseran Garnacha Cariñena

SKU #1068415

What a pleasure to drink! Composed of 100% Garnacha from the Cariñena D.O. in Aragon (about a 3 hour drive southeast of Rioja), the Castillo de Monserran is chock full of bright red cherry and red plum fruits, with good energy and very good persistence, especially given the humble price tag. The winery is run by Javier Domecq, a former bullfighter who now finds himself in another very competitive, but somewhat safer profession! If the quality of this wine for the price stays consistent, we think that he will do just fine. This comes highly recommended from a few of our staff members and at 12.5% abv is a perfect quaffing red for any occasion.

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2011 | Send Email
Beautiful, classic Grenache aromatics of sweet raspberry and strawberry, this spanish red is an astonishing surprise for only $6.99.

Staff Image By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2011 | Send Email
Inexpensive and more than drinkable! Try this wine with a peppered steak or some spicy lamb sausage. A great value.

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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