Saturday, May 13, 2017

Castillo de Monseran Carinena Garnache, 2010

I bought Castillo de Monseran Garnacha regularly a few years ago and am still tempted when I see it for $6 to $8 at World Market or elsewhere. It is an excellent value for an early drinking every day wine, and this 2010 demonstrates that it is also capable of keeping, at least over the medium term.

Bright crimson color. Grenache strawberry, ripe and forward. Same on the palate. Lacks the peppery quality of Southern Rhone Grenache but has its own spicy appeal. Well balanced with reasonable depth. Clearly not as concentrated as the Rutz Russian River Pinot beside it on the table, but this is a $6 wine, after all and is a good choice for spicy Middle Eastern food.

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