Marques de Caceres Deusa Nai Albarino 2010
Perfect with any type of aperitif, this wine is an ideal partern for seafood and fish, as well as salads, rice dishes with fish, cottage cheese, etc.
Rioja-based Marqués de Cáceres’ first foray into Albariño is a success. This wine is light, salinic and melony on the nose. The palate is complete and offers fine acidity with brine, pineapple and green apple flavors. Good and lightly pithy on the finish.
Bright straw. Dusty, mineral-accented aromas of fresh orange, lemon curd and spicy mint. Plump and juicy, displaying fresh citrus fruit and honeydew flavors. Finishes smooth and lively, with an exotic guava note lingering. Lots of fruit here; this would be a great choice with Asian fare.
Marques de Caceres's first vintage from Rias Baixas, this is plump with fresh peach and golden raisin flavors, while clean acidity tightens it up. A smoky, spicy white to serve with roast halibut or other fleshy white fish.
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The Forner family fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and settled in France. In the early 1960s, Henri Forner and his brother... View More
Full-bodied but light in both color and tannin...
Full-bodied but light in both color and tannin, Grenache loves the sun. It thrives in hot climates where it can easily achieve full ripeness. Grenache is best known in the Southern Rhône, where its plush texture and ample alcohol are tamed by savory Syrah and structured Mourvèdre, most notably in Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Grenache originates in Spain, where it is known as Garnacha and is important throughout the country, particularly in Rioja, where it is blended with the more austere Tempranillo, and in Priorat in tandem with savory Cariñena (Carignan). It is also responsible for dry, fruity rosés in Navarra. In Sardinia, the variety is known as Cannonau and produces bold, rustic reds. In California, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and playing a supporting role in Rhône-style blends.
In the Glass
In sufficiently warm conditions, Grenache produces smooth and generous wines that are loaded with red fruit flavors ranging from strawberry to cherry to dark berry. Richer examples can also show plum, chocolate, and licorice.
Despite its bold flavors, Grenache has very mild-mannered tannins, which makes it eminently quaffable on its own, yet easy to match with food. With its uncomplicated, friendly nature, Grenache is the ultimate barbecue red, pairing happily with lamb loin chops or spicy Italian sausages. Unlike most other full-bodied reds, Grenache’s low tannin level ensures that it will not be fazed by a good chili kick.
Sardinia’s Cannonau is often revered for its association with a long, healthy life. Residents of the Italian island often live well into their 90s and beyond, and they credit this antioxidant-rich wine—along with their healthy Mediterranean diet—for their impressive longevity.