If we had to guess what would be the next most popular grape, we would say Grenache or, in Spanish, “Garnacha.” Grown in France, Spain, Australia and California, Grenache is a fruity grape with medium body that can be blended with Syrah to create a complex wine. The vines can thrive for decades. Some vineyards have hundred-year-old vines that create stunning wines like Clarendon Hills in Australia. Last year, we sold Las Rocas Garnacha for a short period of time (we were only able to find 28 cases). We met Eric Solomon, the importer of many fine Spanish, Portuguese, French and South African wines and had a chance to taste 20 new wines. Eric searches for wineries outside of Rioja, such as Calatayud, a subregion of Aragon. The wine is dark purple with blackberry aromas, and is rich with blueberry and blackberry flavors and a long finish. This is a generous wine that will please the most demanding wine customer. A great buy. This wine will disappear quickly.
|Founded in 1962 as a growers’ co-operative, Bodegas San Alejandro (BSA) is located in the tiny town of Miedes, about 55 miles north of Madrid in the province of Zaragoza. Today, over 350 local growers farm nearly 3,000 acres of vineyard in the Calatayud winegrowing region to supply the grapes we use for Las Rocas®.
Led by Yolanda Diaz, Managing Director of Bodegas San Alejandro, our dynamic team of young, passionate winegrowers and winemakers is dedicated to creating wines that show superior quality and style. Our winemakers strive to intervene as little as possible in the winemaking process, remaining faithful to the notion that quality is born in the vineyards.