Ok, here we go, Trader Joe’s time again. What we have here is a 4 dollar Tempranillo grown in the Carinena region of Aragon in Northern Spain. La Granja 360 is Spanish for the “the farm 360”. The wine is made by Covinca S. Coop. San Nicolas and is fermented and aged, for a few months, in stainless steel tanks, no oak barrels. The alcohol content is 13%.
The wine is ruby red in color with a purple halo. The nose is a little earthy, a bit of raspberry jam and a light herbal scent. A light bodied wine, but not light on flavor. Strawberry, raspberry, cherry juice upfront, the mid-palate has the subtle taste of herbal tea added to the mix. A very respectable red berry finish.
The 2009 La Granja 360 Tempranillo is a very pleasing everyday wine, not just a not too bad for a 4 buck wine, but a solid wine regardless of the price. Light and versatile, would pair well with many types of simply prepared meals. At $4 a bottle there is no reason the La Granja 360 isn’t on your dinner table on a regular basis.