Smooth, Suave, and Sexy- Coto De Hayas 2009 Garnacha Centenaria

If you know me at all, you know one of my favorite varietals is Grenache/Garnacha.  And not the whimper versions…give me rich, dark fruit with a lot of personality and I will be a happy camper.  I don’t mind paying a few extra bucks for a good bottle but I am always excited when I find one that is well priced.  Last week, I was at Hi-Time Wine Cellars chatting with one of their staff members about good Garnacha and she pulled out a bottle that she thought offered a lot of value for the price.  She was right on…

About the Wine- From the Winery

2009 Garnacha Centenaria is 100% Grenache from the Catalunya region of Spain.  It has 14% alcohol and retails for around $14.  For more information visit the importer at

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

This Garnacha is a deep garnet in the glass.  The nose is rich with intense aromas of blackberries, plum, and spices.  On the palate, it is bursting with personality.  Full bodied with round tannins, dark berries, and dark chocolate.  Give it an hour in the decanter and it really opens up.  The wine finishes with spicy black pepper and hints of dark chocolate.  Smooth, suave, and sexy…this is a Garnacha I will be drinking again!

My Wine Rating- A-

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair with chicken shawarma, braised lamb, or tamarind spiced ribs.

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