La Hormiga Roja 2015 Garnacha

100% Garnacha (Grenache); 13% ABV
Jumilla DO, Spain
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 22 June

LaHormigaRoja_2015_GarnachaI was a bit wary of a wine, especially a red, showing up now from last year’s vintage, but the notes on the printed price sign (I find it interesting that GO started including wine notes on price signs in the last year…) sounded pretty good, so…

On first pour, the wine tastes of ripe, slightly syrupy, red cherry with a roughly woody finish, fairly full-bodied.  It’s enjoyable enough right away, but of course the “air guy” thinks it needs about 2 hours in a decanter to fully air.  Then the wine smooths out, darkens, and integrates to show earthy / funky / tangy dark red cherry (I would have guessed this had a good percentage of Monastrell (Mourvèdre)), black raspberry / loganberry, tinge of blueberry, with smoother wood on the finish.  It’s still very fruity / slightly syrupy, in a way that is not very Spanish, IMO.  It’s really almost Californian.

The next day, the saved single-glass, screwcap bottle was very similar.  It’s pretty tasty, but not really structured enough for my taste.  It should hold on easily, perhaps even improve to my taste, for a couple more years.



2 thoughts on “La Hormiga Roja 2015 Garnacha

  1. Henry

    I enjoyed this for sipping. It’s got a bit more weight than some of the other Grenaches from Spain from GO, seems to have a bit more alcohol, but the flavors are fun, a bit all over the place, and perhaps it will “knit” a bit with more age. Or not, can’t tell, but I’ll hold a bottle or two and find out.

  2. markblackjack

    This is my favorite current grossout wine! Easy to drink, smooth, with a bit of sweetness and enough complexity to be interesting. Bought a case during the fall sale.


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