I love Spanish wines and today I’m happy to point you to a new selection that just popped up at Trader Joes. It’s the La Paca 2013 Garnacha! Garnacha is the Spanish spelling of Grenache. Grenache is a red wine grape that loves hot dry climates like the south of France, Spain, and Central California. It’s often used as a blending grape because it can lack some structure. That doesn’t mean it has none, it’s just not near the level of a Cabernet. It’s known for it’s boozy spicy berry flavor and this does not disappoint.
The La Paca 2013 Garnacha comes in at 14% alcohol, so save this for the weekend! We chilled the wine to about 60 degrees. The wine does need to be chilled to help keep the fruit forward so room temp will be too warm. We aerated the wine with our trusty Vinturi; if you don’t have one decant it for about 30 minutes prior to drinking. We used a standard stemless red wine glass for tasting. The wine is dark, dark purple. Very plush looking in the glass. Upon opening the bottle, we got an intense cherry rush coming out of the bottle, it seriously was surprising.
The La Paca 2013 Garnacha had a big nose. The cherry is very intense here and it’s supported by plums, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, and black currant. It smells of pure red and black fruits with really nothing else. We were expecting a jam bomb but were pleasantly surprised to find prunes, vanilla, baking spices and herbs. There was also a minerality to the wine on the back palate and finish that added a nice clean and crisp sensation I’d normally associate with a white wine. There was also the slightest bit of juniper, dried roses, and herbs in the moderate length finish, but it was fairly clean. The wine had a moderate level of acid, but there is really no tannin to speak of. As the wine warmed, the fruit became more restrained and the alcohol more prevalent.
For those of you out there who prefer white wine, the La Paca 2013 Garnacha is a great beginner red to cut your teeth on. It’s also a home run if you hate tannins. For my more seasoned wine drinkers, it’s an easy drinking wine that needs to be drunk now and not held. It’s the perfect companion for lean grilled meats and game or pizza night. It’s also great for drinking alone due to the lack of serious tannin or acid but don’t worry it’s not flabby. We give it 87 points and will certainly buy another bottle for casual sipping.
Have you tried the La Paca 2013 Garnacha yet? Let us know what you thought!