Sandra picked up this bottle of Honoro Vera 2013 Granacha (Spain) at our local wine super store. Sandra admitted that the label is what attracted her to the wine. We know nothing about Honoro Vera, so this was a risk. We consider this bottle of wine to be a splurge purchase. The wine cost around $9 US. We were not expecting much, but we were surprised.
To the wine:
The Nose: The nose on this wine was very light and had very nice strawberry notes. I have not had many Spanish Granacha’s, but the nose on this wine was pretty nice. Again, this is a $9 bottle of wine.
Tasting phase: During the tasting phase, I experienced some very nice strawberry and cherry notes. The cherry notes were a surprise, but they are there.
The Finish: The finish on this Honoro Vera 2013 Granacha was big and bold. I received some very nice strawberry notes and a good amount of warmth. The wine pulls hard from the middle of the tongue. All and all
Conclusion: This wine is a winner from multiple reasons. First is the price point. This wine is an inexpensive bottle of wine. Well worth the price. The second is that it pairs well with pretty much anything. The wine had a nice finish and both Sandra and I enjoyed it. We will pick up more of this wine.
This bottle of Nostrad Estate Wines Granacha 2013 is another bottle that Sandra and I picked up at our local wine super store. It too was under $10 US and we knew nothing about it, except it was from Spain. We were looking for good wine deals and expanding our view on Spanish, Italian, and South American wines. This Garnacha came with the designations of “Campo De Borja” and “Denominacion De Origen.” This designates the area in Spain and its appellation. We did not know exactly where these locations were when we bought the bottle of wine, but we had a good idea that this was something better than table wine. By the way, we have nothing against “table wine.”
To the wine:
Nose: The nose of this Garnacha was big on spice notes. I also received a light berry notes. I really liked the boldness of the spice notes on the nose of this wine. This gave a good amount of distinctness to the wine tasting experience.
Taste: The tasting phase gave me more berry notes than spice, but in a different way. I think the terrior had a lot to do with this. The appellation is located in the province of Zaragoza, in a transition area between the Iberian System of mountain ranges and the Ebro Valley.
Finish: The finish on this Garnacha was a little watery. The berries came out well in the finish, but there was only a hint of spice notes. The finish did stay with you for a while and I think this is what made this wine pair so well with the pizza I was eating. I was surprised with the watery finish, but this did not drastically detract from the wine tasting experience.
Conclusion: Another good quality wine for under $10 US. I cannot fault this wine, except for the slight distraction of the watery finish. All and all, a pretty good bottle of wine that I would purchase again.