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.