Happy Grenache Day 2014
2013 Alfredo Maestro, Garnacha “El Marciano” Garnacha de Gredos-Navarredondilla (Avila) Spain.
Here’s a beautiful and complex Grenache to celebrate Grenache Day 2014 and beyond! Today, September 19, 2014 is International Grenache Day, #GrenacheDay on Facebook and Twitter, so get your Grenache on! I love this new Alfredo Maestro Grenache, but from California you can also check out Sheldon Grenache (another big favorite of mine) from the Sonoma Coast too. The latest from the talented Alfredo Maestro is his El Marciano, the Martian, with the little green men on the label, and this earthy example is lively, vibrancy and bursting with a mix of flavors. All of the new wine from Alfredo Maestro are lovely, but for Grenache Day it has to be this one, no question, it is rich and juicy, but energy filled with blackberry, plum, earthy spices, truffle notes and loads of loam and mineral elements along with pepper, cedar and framboise. This wine is tangy, very darkly hued and a joy from start to finish, from very old vines, all natural in the farming and winemaking, Maestro uses no new oak here and allows the wine to showcase it’s terroir and purity, this is a very engaging red from a rising star and a must try winery. Happy Grenache Day! Cheers! Drink now and for the next 2-3 years, best from 2015 to 2018.
($30 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive