Who doesn’t love a good Grenache! Also know by Garnacha, Cannonau, or Alicante, Grenache is one of the most widely planted grape in the world at nearly 500,000 Acres. Only 10,000 in the US and these are concentrated in California. But there are some great options out of Walla Walla.
What are popular regions for Grenache?
Grenache needs hot and dry conditions to bring out its unique characteristics. Grenache is likely originated from Spain where it is known as Garnacha (2016 La Gargantilla Garnacha ) and is widely used to blend into Rioja wines with Tempranillo as well as a main varietal in Claretes (local Roses). It is most widely plated in Southern Rhone/France (2019 Domain Pierre Usseglio Grenache ) and is famous for being the primary varietal (80% is common) in GSMs. Burgundy even sneaks this varietal into its wines (shhh!). In the US, it is primarily grown in California in varying AVAs from the San Joaquin Valley to Santa Barbara to Paso Robles (94pt 2020 Four Bridges Grenache )(we like Paso versions- but we are biased).
What are Unique Characteristics of Grenache?
Profile: Raspberry, White Pepper, Spice, Herbs, Fruit Cake, Black Cherry
Aging: Very drinkable young, aging brings leather and tar complexities. It is best when aged less than 5-7 years.
Pairing: White and Red Meats, very versatile as it will not over power many dishes.
Wow!! Mouth watering just thinking about this, gotta go! Thank you for starting your learning journey of Grenache with us. Stay tuned for our other Varietal Series as well as the next Grenache learning post.