Nestled in the southwest corner of the Spanish province of Zaragoza, the vibrant Calatayud region turns out some fine red wine. This Garnacha from Bodega Castillo de Maluenda may be some of the most delicious stuff you’ve had in a long while (and it’s only $10!).
The Calatayud has extreme weather: hot, dry summers with temperatures sometimes touching 100°F and cold winters with the occasional risk of frost. With only 12-20 inches of annual rainfall, the vines in this region are working overtime to produce those little round jewels. The Calatayud region is most famous for its red wines, which represent the bulk of their yearly wine production and Garnacha is the most widely planted.
This 2009 Garnacha opens softly but quickly becomes more intense with big black and red fruit like black cherry and plum. It has a long, sweet and smooth finish with licorice and clove spice that lovingly lingers. This is complex, full-bodied and should age beautifully. Sourced from 100% Garnacha (Grenache) 40-year-old grapes and then aged for 9 months in French oak barrels. If you like big reds, this is for you. Regardless of price, this is an excellent wine.
This is a steal around $10. A steal. If you can find it, grab it and run. If you can run with a case on your back. Otherwise you might want to get a cart… Enjoy!
Photo courtesy of Wines from Spain.