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Resso Garnacha 2015

Grenache from Spain
    13.8% ABV
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    13.8% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Deep cherry red with blue tones. Well structured and complex, floral nose with red fruits and mineral tones. Candied strawberries and black raspberry fruit flavors are augmented by licorice,mineral and peppery notes.

    Appropriate for all white and red meats. Ideal for dishes with rice, red meats and all firm or aged cheeses.

    Critical Acclaim

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    Resso, Spain
    The Cellar Josep Masachs has been traditionally focused on production of sparkling wines (cavas) from the varieties Macabeo, Xarel.lo and Parellada. The idea of Ressò wines came when we found some old-vine Garnachas (red and white) from a great region in the western part of Catalonia, belonging to appellation “Catalunya”. We chose Garnacha (and Tempranillo for the red wine) over other typical varieties from Penedes because we are convinced that its quality and taste was superior and more ‘international’ in style. The vineyards located in the Terra Alta region in the far southwest of the Catalunya DO, west of the province of Tarragona, near the town of Gandesa. The region is perched high above the coast where the climate is extreme Mediterranean with very low rainfall, approximately 14? per year, but with the peculiarity of a near constant presence of either the “Cers wind” (from the interior land to the sea) or the “Garbí wind” (offshore breeze). Combined with very cold winters and very hot summers, these factors produce very special fruit. The old-vine vineyards are planted using the goblet system with a short pruning system and an average plant density of 2,500 vines per hectare. The younger vineyards (Tempranillo fruit) are trellised using spur pruning and are planted at a density of 3,000 vines per hectare.

    Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

    Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

    Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

    Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

    Grenache

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    Enjoying great glory across a variety of appellations, Grenache thrives in any warm, Mediterranean climate where ample sunlight allows its clusters to achieve full phenolic ripeness. The grape typically produces full-bodied reds interestingly light in both color and tannins. While it can make a charmingly complex single varietal wine, it also lends well to blending. Grenache's birthplace is Spain (there called Garnacha) where it remains important, particularly in Priorat where winemakers enjoy great liberties in blending Grenache with other varieties. Today it might be most well associated with the red blends of the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and its Villages. The Italian island of Sardinia produces bold, rustic Grenache (there called Cannonau) whereas in California, Washington and Australia, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and in blends.

    In the Glass

    In sufficiently warm conditions, Grenache produces smooth and generous wines that are loaded with strawberry, cherry blackberry, purple plum and in the richest examples, even cocoa, black tea or licorice.

    Perfect Pairings

    Despite its bold flavors, Grenache has very mild-mannered tannins, which makes it eminently quaffable on its own, yet easy to match with food. Because of its friendly nature, Grenache is the ultimate barbecue red, pairing happily with lamb chops, pork loin or tri-tip. Unlike most other full-bodied reds, Grenache’s low tannin level ensures that it will not easily be fazed by a bit of spice.

    Sommelier Secret

    Sardinia is often revered for its association with a long and healthy life. Residents of the Italian island often live well into their 90s and beyond, crediting this to their antioxidant-rich red wines, like Cannonau, along with their healthy Mediterranean diet.

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