Vintjs Garnacha 2008

I’m not quite sure how you’re supposed to pronounce Vintjs, but I was curious to try this wine since I haven’t seen much garnacha (grenache) at bargain prices ($6 from Trader Joes in this case). This wine is actually a blend of grenache, cabernet sauvigon, syrah, and merlot, but at 80% grenache I won’t begrudge the labeling.

Most Spanish reds I’ve had were primarily tempranillo, which probably says more about my exposure to Spanish wine than anything. This reminds me strongly of some Côtes du Rhônes I’ve had, which isn’t that surprising since many of those wines are primarily grenache as well. The Vintjs is light to medium bodied with notes of blackberry and plum, with a bit of pepper on the finish. It’s an approachable, easy-to-drink wine that still has character, and it should pair well with a wide variety of dishes from roast chicken to grilled lamb. 89 points.


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