September 2016 Urban Sampler
Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50
“Grenache with Panache” Urban Sampler
September signals the end of summer and the start of the school year. Just because you aren’t still enrolled in school, doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new! The Urban Grape has taken this opportunity to help further your wine education with September’s Urban Sampler, “Grenache with Panache” featuring sparkling, white, rosé and red Grenache. Grenache Noir, (or as it’s known in Spain, as Garnacha Negra), is one of the most widely planted red grapes in the world. But don’t forget about Grenache blanc, the green-skinned cousin to purple-skinned Grenache Noir typically planted all over Southern France and parts of Spain. Sample your way through four fantastic Spanish Grenache wines to further your grape education this September!
NV Isaac Fernandez Seleccion “Biutiful” Brut Cava Rose (Requena, Spain)
The Biutiful Cavas are produced at a winery created in 2007 utilizing the latest technology for the production of Cava (the Spanish equivalent to Champagne). This rosé shows beautiful (biutiful) Grenache aromas and flavors of fresh strawberry and a creamy, soft mousse. Pop it open alongside Pork Braised in Champagne Vinegar!
2015 Viña Zorzal Garnacha Blanca (Navarra, Spain)
100% Garnacha Blanca
The Viña Zorzal Grenache vineyards have unique quality factors such as high altitude vines, continental climate, and stony soil. This wine is dry and fresh with a medium body and citrus and stone fruit flavors. Perfect paired with lemon herb chicken!
2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra Rosat (Catalonia, Spain)
These grapes are picked earlier than they would be for red wine, keeping potential alcohol levels lower. Upon entering the winery, the grapes are crushed, chilled and sent directly to the press where they macerate on skins for 2-3 hours. A delicate floral aroma is followed by light, fresh taste with a hint of sweetness. This Rosat is amazing with classic Spanish charcuterie or a simple tomato sprinkled with sea salt!
2014 Lechuza Old Vine Garnacha (Aragon, Spain)
100% Old Vine Garnacha
Named Lechuza, for the owls that are so prevalent in the area, this Garnacha comes from ancient plots of old vine Garnacha. Beautiful scents of violets and wild berries are met by rich flavors of blackberry and blueberry. A full-throttle wine with big flavors and rich texture is perfect to sip on while making the kid’s back to school shopping list! Also perfect with weeknight pizza!