Saturday, May 25, 2019

Wine Quickie: Castillo Monjardin La Cantera Garnacha 2018


This is 100% Garnacha from seventy-year-old vines on Castillo Monjardin's estate La Cantera vineyard in Navarra, Spain. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then spends one year in French barriques. The color of the wine is a vibrant garnet and the nose is explosively expressive with black cherries, strawberry jam, violets, chocolate, and toasty oak. It just smells so good! It's light to medium bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel, tart acidity, and soft dusty tannin. There's flavors of raspberries, strawberries, cherry cola, and Smarties candies. It's a solid Garnacha for the $12 it'll cost you and it would serve you well as an affordable light and fruity summer red.

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