Definitely drink now as it's at the end, but I actually like it a bit better than before. The fruit is more extracted, and slightly muted fruit. After some time the tannin grip weakens, becomes more rounded. Seems it has finally become a good value wine.
Medium depth red-brown, clear. Medium intensity in the nose, earthy, dry and herbaceous aroma. Full body, warm mouthfeel on account of 15% abv, soft tannins. Enjoyable, great with food but not very complex or refined. Good value.
Nose of blackberry, earth, cocoa, and I kept having a fleeting hint of anise. I can't tell if I was imagining the anise or not.
Attack goes off like a blackberry/grape bomb in your mouth! HUGE front end of fruit! Syrupy thick mouth feel.
Once past the attack black tea, coffee, and earth kicks in. Mid-palate acids tame the attack sugars. While still off, balance is better.
As the finish starts moving into a smooth (yet still thick on the tongue) feel this crazy zing of herbaceous spice (geraniums come to mind), mushroom, and pepper pops in and hangs in there for a short/medium length finish.
This wine is a crazy roller coaster ride! I could do with a little less fruit on the attack, but it's one fun ride for $8!
Dark fruits, some licorice & black pepper, really good. Nice balance of sweet & spice, silky mouthfeel, light finish. Score at $11 per bottle. Will definitely buy again. Can't wait to try more from this wine maker.
Really liked this one. Dark crimson/purple color. The nose didn't give much (or I wasn't paying attention), but great flavor profiles. Nice big dark fruit flavors like blackberry and black cherry. Notes of tea, leather, cedar planks, black pepper, hints of smoke/campfire, and a touch of black licorice. I really like this. Enjoyed with yummy cheese steak sandwiches. Great balance of fruit, acidity, and spice. I wish I acquired this for $7/bottle. We paid $10 and I still think it was a decent value.
Ancient vines Granacha. Popped and poured. Darkest garnet, almost inky with aroma of cherry. In the mouth, full-bodied, with kirsch, blackberries, licorice, spice and pepper. 24-hr decant reveals oak and cedar notes. Lengthy and hot finish. Drink now after an extended decant, or wait for at least five years before uncorking. Phenomenal QPR (I paid $8 for a bottle). Buy this wine by the case.
By the way, this is a dead ringer for the excellent Cercius, which is from the same importer, but retails for almost twice as much.
Not bad for the price. I got a lot of the jammy blackberry, licorice and smoky notes that I often get from monastrell based Spanish wines. I think there's wines with more character out there in this price range but good for parties and summer fare.
A number of people have recommended this to me. We tried a bottle last year and were not impressed. Based on continuing (and unsolicited) suggestions, I got another. This time it went thru the vinturi and sat in the decanter for a long while. A taste right a pouring reminded me about what I didn't like - it was very astringent. After sitting for an hour it was much better. By two hours it was really enjoyable. Lots of red fruit and a touch of cedar. The finish is well balanced and the flavor of black cherries is dominating and long-lived. Much better the second time around after I treated it right!
Consistent with my prior notes. Maybe even a bit better than the last two bottles. Shows some floral notes and a hint of heat on the nose, but the palate is where this really shines. Full-bodied, rich and beautifully focused. Just loaded with ripe strawberry and pomegranate flavor. The long, syrupy finish also contains hints of pepper, mint and oak. Phenomenal quality for a $7.99 bottle. 50+5+11+16+7=89
Right after opening it is fresh, intensely lingonberry-oak - very pleasant and easy to drink, then soon becomes relatively dull, without special appeal, and when I already did not expect anything (on third day!) it delivered delicate fragnance of strawberry and black fig. In color it is more pale than I expected, with slight rose hue. Excellent table wine and great value!
This wine may be light bodied, but is not light on taste. Aromatic cassis, tea leaf and hints of leather. The moderate finish adds distinct notes of black pepper. This was a very tasty and refreshing wine.
I didn't care for this on day 1 as I felt like it was fruity in a synthetic way. However, on day 2 (preserved in vacu-vin) I enjoyed this much more. Score reflects day 2. For $8, a very good everyday drinker if you give it some air.
This pours a somewhat translucent purple-red. The aromas are quite spicy and a little hot, with an mix of earth and plummy fruit. This is a little stiff at first, and as such I would recommend aerating it and/or letting it breathe. The taste is a little hot, with blueberries, brambly fruit, and cherries. Not bad, but could be a little clearer. From other comments, I'm guessing it needs quite a bit of time to open up.
I do not like this wine; I've had 2 bottles and this one was better but still just not my cup or tea. The two friends I shared this bottle with Liked it much more than me. I get a predominate nose of Musty mushroms with earth and followed by berries and fruit. Taste is very similar, Fruit first and then that same musty mushroom flavor ( and I love mushromm but not The wine is fairly big and lasts a long time. I tried this aerated for this rating. Drinkable but I am not buying any more unless the next 2 bottles I have are MUCH more enjoyable to me. Rating 82 -- Quality and winemaking; My like factor ---72!
Medium-light ruby color. Inch-from-the-rim nose of red cherries, strawberries, black olives, leather, mix dried flowers, and spice box... Flavor follows nose, piquant, with flower petals emerging, but not overwhelming. Light but adequate tannins and surprisingly refreshing acidity, all balanced, with a medium finish that lingers on spicy notes. Remarkable QPR.
This was a pleasant surprise. Saw the 90 point score from Wine Advocate, but still didn't expect much of this Spanish red. Shows attractive aromas of ripe strawberries, cherry candy and spice along with a little bit of heat. Firm but nicely focused, this is full-bodied and bursting with strawberry, cherry and pomegranate flavors. Almost syrupy. The long, fruity finish also contains hints of oak and spice, ending with a slightly minty aftertaste. Hard to believe how good this is for a $6.99 bottle. 50+5+11+15+7=88
Really nice aroma profile. I would say moderate tannins although I found a note that it was made in stainless steel. it was just great in the mouth. Nice finish. I Bought another 6 bottles at costco for $6.99.
Never disappoints. Sure, it's fruit-driven, but it's 100% Grenache, right? There's enough structure and complexity to the red berry flavors to make it interesting. Still a bit grippy; will probably hold up nicely for a few years.
Light purple with aromas of blueberries and aged wood. This wine is medium bodied, with soft, supple tannins and moderate acidity. Smooth, with flavors of blueberries, cherries, and just a hint of chocolate, this wine is an outstanding value at a price range generally from $7-12.00. Great value + solid wine = 90 points.
Lasted 3 days, which is impressive for a $7 wine. Totally fruit driven, the oak adds a really nice smooth and easy drinking quality. Too fruity for me to enjoy on its own, it really sings with pasta and pizzas.
An interesting wine. Full bodied and mouthfilling with moderate complexity. The structure is not too intrusive, making this quite accessable... but wow.. a "pepperfest" of a nose indeed. White and black pepper stings the tongue, with some red fruits and smoke mixed in. Peppery finish. Did I mention the pepper? Perhaps a bit too much.
this is my current QPR king in my cellar. It is just a great wine, and only $8. I'd feel like this was worth $15-20 easy. Great nose, well structured, and gets better with air and after a day or two in the fridge.
another bottle on 3/8/12 -- nose: this time, a tiny hint of berry is present; taste: lots of black pepper, as before, but also displays a touch of menthol on the finish; overall: no less aromatically challenged than before, but still a decent weeknight pour
2/28/12 - color: medium-dark purple; nose: sadly, displays about as much aroma as my glass of filtered water; taste: medium mouth feel, black pepper x fruit jam taste, yummy medium-length finish with gigantic doses of black pepper and chocolate; overall: decent weeknight pepperfest (despite its aromatic deficit), very good QPR ($11)
I drank this at about 68 degrees after it was open for a while. In Appearance, the wine a clear, medium+ purple that turned toward pink at the rim. Very significant legs. Th Nose was clean and developing with medium intensity and aromas of red fruits, mostly cherry with some plum, a slight note of vanilla and sweet spice and some green herbaceous quality as well. The Palate was dry with medium+ body, high alcohol, medium+ tannins, but only medium- acidity. The flavor intensity was about medium with flavors of red fruits again, like cherry and plum, with a slight note of cedar and smoke. The finish was medium-. This wine tasted a bit better on the second day, but overall, I thought it was acceptable at best. I did not think as highly of it as other notes indicate. Yes, it has good QPR, but it also tastes like a $9 wine. It's alcoholic, a little off-balance, very full-mouthed, but also a bit flabby. I've tasted a lot better garnacha.
Bought this beauty for $9 at K&L. Drank over two nights. Tastes like a $25-30 Gigondas. Big, pure fruit, strong on the black cherry and raspberry notes. Nice smooth mocha edge with some pepper on the finish and zero acidity. Even at 15% alcohol, you get no heat or bitterness. AWESOME value, and good to drink now. Glad I have a couple more.
Bottle left open about 6 hours when I got a taste of this. Smooth, mellow dark fruits, pepper, black olive, with a little oak. Really nice weight and balance. Outperforms bottles 2 or 3 times its price.
Once again one of the finest bottles of wine for less than $15. Beautiful purple garnacha throughout, with fruit at the front and pepper at the end. If you have the chance to buy it by the case, do it.
Excellent for a $12 (hey I live in MoCo, MD where the price of everything is higher than it should be) wine. 100% Garnacha from old vines. Interesting wine, well balanced with lots of dark fruits. Definite some oak with hints of spice and tea. Fairly full bodied with mild but noticeable tannins. Drinking very well for such a young wine, but I doubt that it will get much better with age. I'm not an expert on Spanish wine, but this is definitely an easy drinking wine that is pleasant without being too challenging. Might have to buy more use as cellar defenders for when the hoards come over.
A great qpr! There is not a wine that can compare at the $7 price point that I paid. It had complexity, nice fruite, old world character and nothing out of balance. Went very with the veal we had tonight.
This had the lean, mineral Grenache profile I expected, decent structure and balance and finesse. Good for the type, if that it is what you are looking for, but not necessesarily a crowd pleaser. improved into day3. good value
We went through a lot of the '09s in our house; time to weigh in on the '10s. PnP. Nose shows some dark fruits with Dr Pepper and spice (yes there is some oak there). Tastewise ripe dark fruits, tea/olive tapenade and some pepper. First blush seems a little lighter than in the past; will check in again tomorrow. Even if it is a bit lighter there are plenty of tannins bringing up the rear. Wish I had some 09's to compare it to.
Typically, a $9 garnacha is fairly light and watery, but this one was full bodied and drank like a wine that was much more expensive. If you see this one on the shelf, have the decency to give it a try.