Grenache (Garnacha, Garnatxa, Alicante, Cannonau, etc…) is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world. It most likely originated in the region of Aragon in northern Spain and quickly spread into southern France where it is particularly well-suited to the dry, warm, and windy Mediterranean climate.
Some of the world’s most exceptional wines can be produced from the Grenache grape, prime examples being Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Priorat. But even in less revered appellations, a talented winemaker with superior terroir can produce Grenache-based wines that will be full of character and vigorously expressive of place. We are pleased to offer a box full of Grenache-based wines that will not only demonstrate the range of this fruit but also its versatility as everything from a cocktail wine to a wine for pairing with a fancy red meat feast.
Included in The Many Expressions and Versatility of Grenache Wine-Aid Package are three bottles of each:
The price includes tax and delivery, as well as a 10% discount. We will also honor a 10% discount on any bottles you might wish to add to the Wine-Aid package.
Domaines Lupier “El Terroir” (Navarra 2014) Regular Price $34
Domaines Lupier have been garnering international accolades from their first vintage in 2008. They produce 100% Garnacha wine from 27 separate plots, with vines ranging from 68 to over 100 years old (the oldest vineyard planted in 1903), at elevations up to 2,500 feet. This is the northern region of Navarra, more specifically, the cool and mountainous sub-zone of Baja Montaña, where wines can show harmony of ripeness and freshness with all the precision of an oceanic climate. “El Terroir” is aromatically complex with layers of floral, cherry, and spice. A sip is superbly balanced and practically begs another in short measure. It puts to mind Château Rayas – another 100% old-vines, Grenache-based wine from the legendary producer in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Can Sumoi “Sumoll Garnatxa” (Catalunya 2018) Regular Price: $28
Can Sumoi is an exciting new project from Pepe Raventós and Francesc Escala to create vibrant wines from the mountains of the Baix Penedès in the Catalunya region of northeastern Spain. A farm dating back to 1645, Can Sumoi is located in the limestone mountain range of Massís del Montmell, where the vineyards reach heights of 1,800 feet above sea level. “Sumoll Garnatxa” is a blend of 50% Grenache and another 50% of the native red grape, Sumoll. Biodynamically produced and with no additives, this is a positively natural wine with a strong Mediterranean character of wild berry fruit and herbs balanced by a remarkable freshness.
Le Clos du Serres “Les Maros” (Terrasses du Larzac 2015) Regular Price $26
In 2006, Béatrice and Sébastien Fillon purchased 37 acres divided into 15 parcels near the town of Saint Jean de la Blaquière. The diversity of the soil across all of their parcels includes schist, sandstone, pebbles & shingle, and red ruffes (deep deposits of sandstone accumulated some 265 million years ago and exposed by erosion). “Les Maros” is a single parcel of schist west of the village. The wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, and 20% Carignan from the coolest vineyard area of the estate. The wine is matured for 12 months in concrete vats. Weighty and concentrated, the flavors tend toward black fruit and licorice with a mouth-filling texture and lengthy finish.
Domaine de Font-Sane “Vieilles Vignes” (Ventoux 2018) Regular Price $15
Véronique Cunty-Peysson and her husband, Bernard, lead the multi-generational family estate of Domaine de Font-Sane. The Domaine is about 39 acres across Gigondas and Ventoux and many of the vineyards lie within the protection of the toothy, lacy, and majestic rock faces of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Ventoux “Vieilles Vignes” is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah from vines aged 50-60 years old grown in sandy soil. The elevation of Ventoux is a benefit to producing a poundable wine of interest. Floral and garrigue notes layered over bright red fruit will make this medium-bodied wine a bottle you’ll want to drink again and again.