Restaurant wine lists can be a treasure trove of wines that aren’t typically found on your local wine shop shelves. Their wine managers/sommeliers are able to work directly with distributors and can be the beneficiary of direct access to wineries or producers. As a huge fan of The Show wines I was enthusiastic when I spotted The Show Garnacha 2010 on the wine list at Creo’, especially since it’s not in any of my local wine shops. The Show is the love child of wine entrepreneurs The Three Thieves. Lead by the King of California Zinfandel Joel Gott, along with Roger Scommegna and Rosé innovator Charles Bieler, the Thieves buck traditional wine trends by purchasing high end grape varietals and “make their steals available to all.” The grapes for the Garnacha were sourced from 40 year+ old vineyards in the Calatayud region of northeastern Spain. In order to retain true varietal expression, the wine was fermented in concrete tanks with only 20% aged in oak. As with their other bottles, the label is inspired by the iconic show posters of the Nashville Hatch Show prints which were the essence of old school American entertainment for more than 125 years, advertising such greats as Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline.
Dark purple in colour with expressive aromas of green olives, grapes and an earthy meatiness. Dark chocolate notes and hearty tannins supported jammy blackberry and black cherry flavours, whilst a savoury finish of spicy black peppercorn, balsamic and forest elements lingered casually between each sip. Velvety and easy drinking [watch out for that 14.8% alcohol content] this is a bold glass fantastic with spicy dishes and gamey cheeses.
Garnacha [I could not verify varietal percentage.]
Produced and Bottled by R.E. N 5617-Z
$14 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2014