A ripe and jammy red blend from Carinena, Spain at a great Costco price. We review the Esteban Martin Garnacha Syrah. A blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Syrah from vines aged 20-65 years old in the gravelly soils of Carinena, Spain. The wine is vegan friendly. … [Read more...]
The Best Garnacha Under $20 - The 2023 Reverse Wine Snob Picks!
Everybody knows that old vines tend to produce better wines, right? As the vines age, they produce less fruit, but those grapes are packed with flavor. Of course lower yields generally means higher prices which is not good for Reverse Wine Snobs. (Find more on old vines here!)
What if; however, there was a place where you could find a plentiful supply of old vines? And those vines were a variety that didn't command a premium in price? That place and variety is Spanish Garnacha, which is in our opinion one of the very best values in the wine world today.
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Spain has more vineyard land than any other country, much of it very old. And much of it is in the form of Garnacha (known as Grenache elsewhere). Garnacha is a grape that doesn't get its due. Often relegated behind Tempranillo, it doesn't hold a ton of name recognition in this country. This is, of course, good for our purposes, as it makes fantastic wines. Some of our very highest rates wines come from places like the Calatayud and Carinena in Spain, are made from 60+ year old vines and somehow retail for $10 or less.
Read on for our list of The Best Garnacha Under $20!
La Sonriente Garnacha - A Trader Joe's Top Pick!
A classic still going strong. While the name has evolved over the years the wine itself is still a Trader Joe's top pick! We review the latest vintage of the La Sonriente Garnacha from the Calatayud. Garnacha from Calatayud, Spain. … [Read more...]
Tres Ojos Garnacha - Extreme Value
A whole lot of flavor for just $8, the Bodega San Gregorio Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha. Unoaked Garnacha goodness from the Calatayud. 85% dry farmed Garnacha from 40-50+ year old vines plus 15% Tempranillo from Calatayud, Spain. The wine is whole berry fermented and aged … [Read more...]
Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha - Great Garnacha!
"Tres Picos" - Spanish for buy at least 3 bottles. The Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha from Campo de Borja, Spain. 100% Garnacha from Campo de Borja, Aragon, Spain. The wine spends 5-6 months in 225L barrels and has 1.9 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
Bodem Las Margas Garnacha - A Savory Little Number
A satisfying Trader Joe's find, the Bodem Las Margas Garnacha from Carinena, Spain. 100% Garnacha from vineyards at an altitude of 400 to 800 meters in Carinena, Aragon, Spain. The wine is barrel aged for just 2 months and is vegan friendly. … [Read more...]
La Granja Tempranillo Garnacha Red Blend - Totally Fine for $5.99
Good enough, the La Granja Red Blend Tempranillo-Garnacha from Trader Joe's. 60% Tempranillo and 40% Garnacha from Carinena, Spain. The wine is vegan friendly. … [Read more...]
Palacios Remondo La Montesa – Darn Good Garnacha
An excellent Costco find made from Rioja's other big red grape, the Palacios Remondo La Montesa. 92% Garnacha plus 8% Tempranillo and Mazuelo from vines with an average age of 31 years in eastern Rioja, Spain. This Rioja Crianza wine is aged for 12 months in barrel before … [Read more...]
Santo Cristo Seleccion Garnacha - $10 Well Spent
The Santo Cristo Seleccion Garnacha is another nice example of one of the best values in wine, Spanish Garnacha. 100% Garnacha from vines averaging 40 years old surrounding the village of Ainzon in Campo de Borja, Aragon, Spain. The wine is aged for 18 months in stainless … [Read more...]
Inurrieta Mimao Garnacha – Yummy Stuff
Deep, delicious Garnacha from Navarra, the Bodega Inurrieta Mimao Garnacha. 100% Garnacha Tinta from Navarra, Spain. The wine is aged 7 months in slightly used French oak barrels. … [Read more...]
Vega del Origon Gran Reserva - A $6 Steal
You're not going to find a better deal than this on a 2011 from Spain, the Trader Joe's Vega del Origon Gran Reserva. 60% Garnacha and 40% Syrah from Terra Alta, Catalan, Spain. The wine was aged in French and American oak barrels and has 3.1 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
Castillo Monjardin La Cantera Garnacha – A Solid Value
Excellent old vine Spanish Garnacha for under $10, the Castillo Monjardin Garnacha La Cantera from Navarra. 85% Garnacha and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from the 70 year-old vines of the rocky limestone and clay soils of the La Cantera vineyard in Navarra, Spain. The wine is … [Read more...]
Matt Parish Montierrasant Garnacha - Smashing Stuff
One for the Spanish Garnacha lovers from NakedWines.com, the Matt Parish Montierrasant Garnacha. Garnacha from 35 year old vines plus a small amount of Carignane from Montsant, Catalonia, Spain. … [Read more...]
Dama de Roca Garnacha - A Solid Payout
Another winning Trader Joe's pick, the Dama de Roca Garnacha from Bodegas Paniza. Garnacha from Carinena, Spain. The wine spends an unspecified amount of time in oak. … [Read more...]
El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa Garnacha - Old Vine Value
Spanish Garnacha from vines at least 60 years old for just 12 bucks, the El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa. 100% Garnacha from a vineyard planted before 1940 in Navarra, Spain. The wine is aged for 5 months in a combination of new and used French oak barrels. … [Read more...]
Rubus Proprietary Reserve Red - Garnacha Goodness
Another Calatayud Garnacha that easily over-delivers for the price, the Rubus Proprietary Reserve Red. 90% Garnacha and 10% Syrah from 35+ year-old vines in Calatayud, Spain. (60% of the wine comes from vines that are over 50 years old.) Part of the wine is aged in French … [Read more...]
Figaro Tinto Calatayud - Great Garnacha
Loaded with flavor for just $8, the Figaro Tinto Garnacha from the Calatayud, Spain. 100% Garnacha from the Calatayud, Spain. The wine spends just a few months in oak barrels. … [Read more...]
Ludovicus Tinto - Smooth, Juicy and Delicious
The Ludovicus Tinto, another great Garnacha! 100% organically grown Garnacha from Terra Alta, Catalonia, Spain. The wine spends 4 months in 300-Liter French and American oak barrels. … [Read more...]
Rafael Reverte Cistum Red - Great Garnacha!
Now these are some truly, truly old vines...Bulk Buy! Garnacha from 120 year old ungrafted pre-phylloxera vines in Navarra, Spain. The wine spends six months in new French oak. … [Read more...]
Honoro Vera Garnacha - A $7 Sensation
Bulk Buy! This wine is off the charts on the flavor for the dollar scale. 100% Garnacha from Calatayud, Aragon, Spain. The wine spends two months in French oak barrels. … [Read more...]
Exploring Carinena and the Vinas Viejas de Paniza Garnacha - A Spanish Wonder
Garnacha from Spain might be the biggest value in the wine world today and the region of Carinena is the new hot spot. We've been singing the praises of Spanish Garnacha for years here at Reverse Wine Snob and while we've talked a lot about the Calatayud as a fabulous … [Read more...]
Garbó Rosé - A Classic Beauty
A dry, elegant and classy rosé. 70% Garnacha and 30% Syrah from Montsant, Catalonia, Spain. This is a dry wine with just 0.7g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
Warming Winter Reds Wine #1 - Aletta Garnacha
BULK BUY! 100% Garnacha from Campo de Borja, Spain. Sample submitted for review. Available for as low as $6.99. 3,500 cases. Imported by Aviva Vino. From the bottle: "This wine was produced from old-vine Garnacha grapes cultivated on chalky and sandy … [Read more...]
Beso de Vino Seleccion and Old Vine Garnacha - $8 Wonders
Includes a BULK BUY! As we noted in our review of the Monte Ducay Reserva 2009 and the Alto Cinco Garnacha 2012 a few weeks ago, the Carinena region in northern Spain has a long history of winemaking going all the way back to the 3rd century B.C. The vineyards in this area … [Read more...]
The Best Box Wines - Vina Borgia Garnacha
100% Garnacha from Campo de Borja, Aragon, Spain. Available for around $20. Bottles sell for around $6-$7, so this 3L box (4 bottle equivalent) at only $20 is a great deal on an already inexpensive wine. Sample submitted for review. From the box: "From the heart of Aragon, … [Read more...]