After trying one wine from La Granja I figured why not try another one! The La Granja 2012 360 Garnacha Syrah has a great label! I was looking for a lighter style red that would be big on flavor to help me transition into fall. It was pretty much exactly what I was looking for.
The La Granja 2012 360 Garnacha Syrah comes in at 13% alcohol. That’s a great amount for a seasonal transition wine. Who wants to drink a 16% Cabernet when it’s still hot outside? This wine saw some quick neutral oak aging to round out the flavor. Our bottle was in perfect shape. I aerated the wine with my trusty Vinturi and we used stemless red wine glasses for tasting. Upon opening the bottle we were treated with a big note of berries emanating from the bottle. The wine was an inky red violet!
The nose on the La Granja 2012 360 Garnacha Syrah is a moderately perfumed berry bonanza. It’s got blackberry, cherry, spices, tobacco, and the slightest hint of eucalyptus. The flavor brought in the notes from the nose but it also added a dried fruit element with the flavor of dried cherries and cranberries. The acidity and the tannins were both in the middle of the road. The finish was also moderate with the flavors of the dried fruits, tobacco, and herbal woodiness sticking around for the duration. The body of the wine was much lighter than a full Syrah would be due to the Garnacha (That’s the Spanish Grenache).
Overall, we enjoyed the wine. It’s not the most complex red out there but it’s perfect for when the day’s still a bit hot out but the evenings are crisp and you’re moving into fall comfort foods or adding some heavier sides to your grilled summer faire. On the standard Wine Specator scale we give the La Granja 2012 360 Garnacha Syrah an 86. It’s an outstanding value at $5. It would also be a great fall sangria base!
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