Domaine d'Andezon Cotes du Rhone La Granacha 2008
Grenache from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The "La Granacha Signarques" is produced from 80+ year-old vines, harvested at 35 hl/ha and under, grapes are de-stemmed and vinified using all natural yeasts. Bottled with no filtration or fining.
"The old vine offering of 100% Grenache, the 2008 La Granacha Signargues, is super. Like its sibling, it was made and bottled without any SO2, a rarity. Furthermore, these vineyards are organically farmed. Sexy black fruit and floral notes are followed by a deep, full-bodied wine displaying plenty of kirsch, underbrush, and loamy soil notes. Good purity, a full-bodied texture, deliciously ripe fruit, and a seamless style make for a sensational bargain-priced wine that should drink well for 2-3 years."
The Wine Advocate
Smooth & Supple
Cheese > Semi-Firm, Lamb, Chicken, Salmon
This is a tough bottle of wine to score if you are a beginner! It was a little bit vague at the beginning. However, I got it eventually. This wine clearly demonstrates when someone says granacha is very (versatile)! It pairs very well with almost everything. On the nose, surprisingly, it is semi old world! I would say 72% old world and 28% new world! Yes, it smells like dry leafs, a hint of dirt, some red-black fruits, a little hint of strawberry (which is Granacha-like). Midpalate, (very) consistent to what I get on the nose! Finish, the opposite of what I get on the nose! Yes, there are some red fruits going on, a hint of (cranberry)!, strawberry, and a little bit of dried fruits. However, somehow it has a hint of fake flavor. But this wine is balanced! It is no way full-boded! I would say medium-boded and (polished) tannins. I am 89+ on this effort. I really wanted to give it 90 pts but it got that little hint of fake flavor, just a little hint! For $15, I think it is decently priced. Happy drinking!
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Learn About Cotes du Rhone
A Cote of Many Grapes
The appellation of Cotes du Rhone encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine - over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation. Wines here need only be from the Cotes de Rhone geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide...
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This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in
(called Garnacha), Australia and the southern
Rhone region of France, Grenache
is the primary grape in regions such as
It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like
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