They say good things come in small quantities. This is certainly the case with Garnacha. Garnacha comes from vines that are at least a few decades old. Garnacha is also characterized by extremely low yields. Moreover, it takes plenty of wine making savvy to produce Garnacha. But for Garnacha producers, the results make the hard work worthwhile.
Garnacha is characterized by a broad range of flavor profiles. White Garnacha can be light-bodied, crisp, and full of apple, peach, citrus and mineral notes. It can also be deeper, and full of floral and honey aromas, as well as melon notes.
Reds can be lively, bright, and full of fresh red fruit notes. Some varietals can also be full-bodied and bursting with deep berry notes, with undertones of sweet spice.
Wine producers from 5 regions in Spain, namely, Calatayud, Campo de Borja, Carinena, Somontano, and Terra Alta are part of the European Union’s Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) that guarantees the quality of their Garnacha. Moreover, every Garnacha with a PDO label in these regions must contain a minimum of 85% Garnacha.
The grape also benefits from a multi cultural interpretation of its qualities depending on the region where it is grown (the Languedoc Roussilon and the Cotes du Rhone in France, and California in The United States, and so forth). Garnacha runs the gamut of flavor profiles, making it a great pairing candidate for different cuisines from spicy Southeast Asian to eclectic New American.
Here are some 100% white and red European Union PDO certified Garnacha selections from these
five Spanish regions worth considering depending on your particular wine palate.