I’m a huge sucker for great wine values so you’d have to be here to really grasp the look on my face after tasting this latest $10 gem of a bottle. All the way from Spain, comes the Grandes Vinos Besamse “Old Vine” Granacha which almost literally blew me away.
Granacha is a grape which, unfortunatley, doesn’t get as much play as it should in the USA – especially here in Washington State. I can tell you, however, that it is a grape everyone should pay more attention to and clearly one you need to seek out and try.
It’s said to be a strong grape which has a thin skin and has very little pigment – it does do well in extreme heat and is Spains most planted grape variety.
Our friends at American Northwest Distributors got a deal on this wine as an exclusive which means if you live outside of this state you may have a hard time finding it – I’m going to try and working something out with them, however, to make it widely available.
Grape Variety: 100% Granacha
Aging Time: 9 months in French Oak
Vine Age: 80yrs old – planted in 1923
Nose: Shoe leather, black cherries and vanilla for days…skittles, blueberries with some edlerberry and babreeze…
Taste: Rose pedals, blueberries and serious cherries..leather belt action rounds out the finish.. long finish – easily one of the best $10 bottles i’ve ever had.
I really love this wine – I can’t recall the last time I had a wine anywhere near its pricepoint take me on the tasteful journy my tastebuds went on with this wine. I’m feelin’ it, loving it and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. It’s well structured, balanced and will do all sorts of favors to well-seasond and hearty foods – drink now through 2011.
W.E.P. Scale Rating: 150%