2008 La Granja Tempranillo

Price: $3.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Evaki

What They Said:

2008 La Granja TempranilloPer the bottle “La Granga 360, means in Spanish “The Farm 360″. It is located in a traditional Tempranillo grape wine growing region in the north of Spain. The little pig is flying because it expresses a song which the Spanish children sing when somebody has asked for something which is impossible to realize, has a dream or says something absurd.

An everyday drinking soft rounded, juicy red wine, with rich ripe raspberry flavors. A great match for barbeque roasted pork chops, spare ribs, sausages, grilled vegetables, and cheeses.”

What I Think:

This one is from the same producer, and the same region, as the company behind the Abrazo label and imported by Evaki who also brings other familiar names such as Condesa de Sarabella and Panilonco to Trader Joe’s. These wines are generally priced in the $5 neighborhood and deliver on that price point. That said, none have had me scrambling back to buy that next bottle. Most leave me with a lingering curiosity of whether the next bottle might be better. In a nutshell, they do just enough to make you think about coming back for more. With that context in mind we cracked the screw cap on this one.

On opening this one was super tight with the acid notes overpowering all else so back went on the cap. I tried it again the following night, what an improvement. The bottle description on this one is extremely accurate, at least the tasting notes I can’t really attest to the rest. On the palate you are greeted with juicy berry/cherry flavors that are met with a dry, herbal component towards the middle that integrates nicely. The finish coats the mouth dry cherry fruits that don’t necessarily last, they just stay. Literally. It leaves you smacking your tongue until you decide to wash them away. I mentioned early most bottles from this imported leave me wondering if the next bottle can be any better, I’m just hoping this one is as good as my first experience as it has the potential to be my favorite Spanish red in recent memory from Trader Joe’s. I’m going to grab a few more bottles; you might want to do the same. I’ll confirm with my 2nd bottle but, as mentioned, be sure to give this one some time (perhaps even overnight) if it starts off wound up a little too tight.

Rating: Buy It

If you’re interested in another take check out what Jeff had to say about this one on Viva la Wino!

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29 thoughts on “2008 La Granja Tempranillo

  1. This is my go-to everyday red. I’m surrounded by great wine in Oregon, and buy as much of it as I can, but for a Tuesday pizza night at home, this one can’t be beat for the price. Would buy it at twice the cost.

  2. TJ’s Reserve Garnacha comes from the same producer. A step up @$9.99, but quite delicious. A superb nose that reminded me of picking huckleberries as a kid, with vibrant dark berries and well-balanced acidity on the palate.

  3. I bought a bottle on a recommendation by a TJ employee who said he and his girlfriend had been experimenting with all the Spanish wines and liking them very-much. You let it relax a bit and it is a great value! I liked this, and two other lines in the Spanish section.

  4. I just opened up a bottle of the 2009 vintage that I picked up at TJ’s in Daly City.

    I’m liking the 2009 much better that the 2008. I tried the 2008 based upon Jason’s recommendation, but was disappointed as I found it to be a bit harsh, acidic with little fruit.

    The 2009 vintage has better fruit and smoother tannins. The nose is more complex than what appears on the palate, but it’s very pleasant.

    At $3.99, it’s a good value.

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