Castillo de Monseran Garnacha

2008 Castillo de Monseran Garnacha, $8.95. LCBO#73395

This bottle of Garnacha comes from the Aragon region of Spain. I drank this wine on the weekend with a thin-crust tomato bazil pizza with some olives on the side, and I must say they went well together.

The wine is delightfully deep purple, very juicy, mild and smooth.  It has a bit of an earthy nose, which I always enjoy about Spanish wines. The taste was not terribly complex, it was medium bodied, and it had a balanced finish.

This is my third review so far, and it seems to be the same story here again.  This is definitely a wine that is great to drink alone or with a light meal, but definitely not full-bodied enough to take on bolder food.

Overall, I give this wine 7.5/10 for taste and 3.5/5 for value.

My mission this week is to find a full-bodied red for under $10, and with the help of my new favourite website, Wine Align, I hope to be victorious.  Stay tuned!

2 thoughts on “Castillo de Monseran Garnacha

  1. Leah says:

    Megan – you have inspired me! I picked up a bottle of $7.94 Jackson Triggs Chardonnay today to go with my (gourmet) frozen pizza… Since I don’t have as a very discerning taste for wine, I don’t really know how it would fit in with your rating system! Keep up the good work!


  2. Las Rocas Source says:

    Maybe you just need to find the right bottle to get that full-bodied garnacha you’re looking for. One thing we’ve noticed lately is that “old world” wines seem to be making a huge comeback, especially varietals from Spain (though their counterparts from Argentina and other locations are also enjoying a great deal of popularity). Our theory is that wines like Garnacha, such as our Las Rocas label, are more balanced and friendly than some Cabernets, Syrahs, and even Pinot Noirs – which are made all over the world. Garnacha, or Grenache, is made in a lot of countries, too, but there’s nothing like those old vines, and we’ve gotten good feedback from a surprisingly wide variety of enthusiasts.


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