Opici Wines // La Maldita Garnacha // Rioja, Spain // 2014 // 13.5% ABV
Rioja, Spain was once the planting hot spot for Garnacha (or Grenache as you may have seen it). However, it's a testy varietal which led to the name La Maldita, Spanish for little cursed one. And since, most wine growers uprooted their Garnacha vines in place for more cooperative varietals such as Tempranillo. However, will some love and a lot of patience, Rioja can produce a herbaceous & floral libation worthy of daytime festivities.
Smell: Booming floral fragrance, red fruits, Spring herb garden.
Taste: Early summer cherries, rose petal, peppery, lime acidity, and bubbly tannins. Ends dry, giving off an herbal, almost nutty flavor.
Overall: Bright red fruit, the gentle floral profile and medium body makes it perfect for afternoon barbecues or early red wine sipping. Give a little love to a difficult varietal and you get a gentle kiss of a fruity floral garden.
Pairing tip: Can stand up to a meal of BBQ or pizza, but can also compliment a salad of arugula, cilantro, and nuts.