The Farm delivers another nice wine at a very nice price.
$4.99 from Trader Joe's. 50% Garnacha, 50% Tempranillo
From the bottle:
La Granja 360, means in Spanish "The Farm 360". It is located in a traditional Tempranillo and Garnacha grape growing wine region in the North of Spain. Now our farm has this very exotic animal to accompany the other members of the family. Cherry red colour of red fruity aromas. Full of flavor and a velvet finish due to the 2 months of oak aging. A great match with grilled red meats, pastas, pizzas and manchego cheese. 13.5% Alcohol
I previously reviewed the La Granja Syrah (Rooster) and found it quite drinkable. Now we come to the Zebra, and I liked this even a little bit more.
The 2009 La Granja Tempranillo and Garnacha has an earthy nose (in a good way). It tastes of raspberry with nice mellow tannins. Overall drinkable and smooth, although the finish is just OK. This one will get a buy rating, but is a little disappointing as it is close to being really good but just not quite there. Also, it is much better on day 1. It got syrupy on day 2 even though it was sealed with the Vacu Vin. I also picked up a bottle of 2009 La Granja Tempranillo (pig) so that review is still to come which will complete our eclectic collection of farm animals.
One other note, in talking to Louis Geirnaerdt, the founder of axialvinos.com on twitter (@louisgeirnaerdt), the upcoming 2010 vintage is one to watch, as he tweeted to me when I asked him about the 2010's:
Knock down. Honestly, all 010 leap q-wise over the 09's. More depth, concentration but also balance & elegance.
I'm hoping that is indeed the case, as I saw glimmers of a really great wine for $4.99 in this one. Looking forward to giving those a try!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 7.0
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