Friday, March 7, 2008

Lelia Carinena Garnacha, 2004

This is one of several excellent Garnachas on the market selling for under $10. I bought it at World Market for $6.99 and plan to go back for more. Garnacha, of course, is Grenache, and these Spanish versions are similar to those of Southern France, although a bit more fiery in their palate presence.

It's a deep crimson with good saturation. Peppery, spicy scents and flavors provide the focus but ripe berries and cream are there as well. It's only 12.5 percent alcohol, but pleasantly warm on the tongue. The wine leaves a trail of ripe fruit from front to back with a peppery finish. The fiery qualities become tamer as the wine airs, however.

Lelia Garnacha has good fruit for current enjoyment but also depth, and I think it has the potential to get even better. It comes from a small family-owned bodega in northern Spain.

8 comments:

  1. I tried this wine based on a wine shop's recommendation. An outstanding value! Now I am a big fun of Spanish wine!

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  2. There are many good Spanish wines out there at bargain prices. Have you tried Almira Los Dos? It's a Grenache/Syrah blend from Old Vines. Has a beautiful haunting presence. About $8.

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  5. I really don't know what is grenache, It would have been much better if it's description was given.

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