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Grenache (Red) (greh-NAHSH)
Regions: Grenache is one of many wine varietals grown in the southern Rhône valley of France, particularly in the appellations of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. It is widely planted throughout the south of France as well. While Chateauneuf and Gigondas can include several varietals, grenache generally makes up the majority in most wines. It is planted some in California, particularly in the central coast, and in Australia. Also known as Garnacha in Spain.
Characteristics: While grenache is known for its rich, ripe fruitiness, from the best examples of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas they can be quite complex, with earthy, floral and herbal overtones. The fruit flavors tend more toward the red fruit end of the spectrum, as compared to Syrah for example which is generally darker. They can be quite full-bodied, high in alcohol and quite big and chewy in the mouth. Cheaper examples are generally simpler and fruitier with lighter body.