Las Rocas Garnacha Accompanies Contemplation

Was it Summer? Or was it Fall?  Not even the Universe was sure on this day.

One thing I felt quite sure of; It was the last shorts and flip-flops day I would see for a while.

I spent some time out on my patio, soaking in the summer-like heat, watching the birds dart and dive, listening to the buzzing of the summer insects.

But clouds were gathering, pushing away the summer blue sky, bringing much colder temperatures.


I needed a wine suitable for contemplation.  The Bodegas San Alejandro Las Rocas Garnacha was my choice.


The Bodegas San Alejandro was founded in 1962 as a growers cooperative.  More than 350 local farmers cultivate the vines on the sunlit rocky slopes of the Erbo River Valley in Spain’s Calatayud region. These Garnacha vines take their time to ripen, happily soaking in the warm sunlight on the mountain slopes. Yes, these grapes and I are kindred spirits!

Grapes go through an extended cold soaking prior to fermentation to extract flavor and aromatics.  A portion is aged in French and American oak barrels, lightly toasted, for nearly a year.  Just enough to add complexity, but still letting the fruit be fully expressed.


I opened this wine outside and experienced a blast of aromatics. Rich dark berries and plum, some dried fruits and oak notes of smoke and vanilla mingle together.


The palate is soft and loaded with ripe plum and blackberry. Earthy, brambly flavors fill in on the mid-palate with a soft spice on the finish. Tannins are soft and the rich fruits hang on the palate for quite a while.


I could almost taste the warm Spanish sunshine in this comfortable, easy-drinking Garnacha. It was my perfect companion as I soaked in the last heat of the Autumn sunshine, dressed in shorts and flip-flops, and considered the cooler days to come.



Happily sipping outside on a warm, sunny day;

Drinking while contemplating the universe;


A red wine drinker who prefers a soft palate, medium-body, and light tannins.

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2 comments to “Las Rocas Garnacha Accompanies Contemplation”

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  1. Rod Henning - Sep 26, 2016 Reply

    Never tried Garnacha grapes. Is it closer to a Merlot or lighter?

    • - Sep 27, 2016 Reply

      Hey Rod! Garnacha from Spain is a favorite grape of mine! I would say it is medium-bodied, like a Merlot can be, but a bit earthier than a California Merlot would be. It’s not typically very acidic, so just easy to drink on its own.

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