Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas 2009
Grenache from Spain
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: 15.2%
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%.
Spicy, rich cranberry bouquet. Dark cherry flavors are highlighted by excellent structure and depth all supported by elegant oak. Round and full in the mouth, with supple tannins and a fruit-filled finish.
"My favorite of this trio, and a big time sleeper, is the outstanding 2009 Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas, which comes from 60-100-year old vines planted at 2,500-3,500 feet elevations. Aged ten months in old French and American oak, it possesses 15.2% alcohol along with a deep ruby/purple color and copious notes of plums, raspberries, black cherries, lavender and licorice, a full-bodied texture, and impressive purity, depth and freshness."
The Wine Advocate
Fruity & Smooth
I bought this wine on sale just to try it and would not hesitate to order it again at full price. This wine is fantastic! I could smell it just walking the open bottle to the table. Very dark fruit intense with a background of campfire wood smoke makes it refined. Don't hesitate to buy this wine as a gift for a red wine lover. You won't be embarrassed.
Really liked this wine - very smooth, mellow red. Bought 6 bottles, gave one to a friend. We both liked it so much we ordered a case within a couple of days. Excellent value for the price as we got it on special offer at $11.00 per bottle
This wine has a unique finish, which, recollecting days of old, I would describe as cannabis and which I happen to find quite pleasing. I ordered a bottle, then a 6-pack, then a case. At the recent discounted price, I think it's a great value.
Earth & Spicy
One of my favorite Spanish wines. Being Garnacha (Grenache) based it has a fuller body and flavor than the Tempranio based wines. Good value.
solid body and taste, excellent value
Earthy & Spicy
Beautiful accessible red fruit right off, like a purple strawberry. Hint of rose hips. Mouthfeel calls for more. Earthy spice
Light & Fruity
Excellent value. A good "drinking" wine. Light and fruity. Would order again.
Very harsh tanins. Best if left open for at least an hour.
Fruity & Smooth
Pretty good. A bit of the sweet side. Would buy again. Not very alcoholy.
Initially, I was really fired up about this wine as it was part of a sampler package. I ordered a case and couldn't be more disappointed. I've had three bad corks and tonite I opened a bottle that is clearly oxidized. I'll never buy this again, totally disappointed!
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Learn About Las Rocas Map It
Las Rocas de San Alejandro is located in the region of Calatayud, about 150 miles northeast of Madrid, and is centered around the rivers of Jiloca and Jalon. Although there are still few wineries in the zone, the ones which are beginning to show with their wines why this region is so special.
Although the D.O. is quite young, vines have been grown in the zone for some time. About...
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Learn About Other Spain
The third largest country in production, Spain ranks first in land under vine. Diversity and innovation are the key factors bringing Spain back into the world wine market.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino...
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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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