Las Rocas de San Alejandro 2013 Garnacha

Garnacha, or Grenache as they say in France, is finding its way onto more and more people’s tables, and well it should. It often delivers both the fruit-forward, acidity-driven notes people crave, along with those subtle, mouth-drying tannins. And it’s hard not to love the Garnacha coming out of Spain. Not only is it insanely affordable, it’s usually quite a good value for the money as well.

A great example of this value is Las Rocas de San Alejandro 2013 Garnacha, retailing at only $9.99 but delivering much more than that. Pouring a deep purple, the second the wine hits the glass it immediately gives off aromas of rich dark-red fruit and vanilla, with a strong amount of earth in the background. On the palate the acidity arrives first, with the tannins drying out the mouth as the wine is swallowed.

It’s an easy-drinking red that would be perfect for takeout, or even on its own while relaxing at the end of a long day. It delivers much of what people looking for fruiter reds want, but with a bit more balance and finesse.

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