Today only at the Fresh Market in Vienna, Bodegas Ateca’s 2010 Garnacha de Fuego is on sale for $5.99 a bottle. And though you don’t have to buy a case to get the sale price – like so many other door-buster sales around town – you’ll want to stock up on this delicious red as barbeque season approaches in earnest. (The chilly rain of the past few days not withstanding.)
From one the most reliable importers of Spanish value wine, Jorge Ordoñez Selections, this consistently excellent wine is make from garnacha grapes (the Spanish name for the grenache grape used in France’s Rhone Valley and Languedoc winemaking regions). The grapes are from vines that are 65 to 85 years old, which is reputed to yield richer, more complex wine than grapes from younger vines.
“A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up aromas of pure black cherries and violets,” wrote Wine Advocate’s Jay Miller in the June 2011 issue. “Dense on the palate and remarkably rich for its humble price, this great value over-delivers big-time.”
He called it a great value at $8 a bottle and expects “this pleasure-bent effort” to drink well over the next three to four years.
Garnacha de Fuego has earned between 87 and 89 points from Wine Advocate in the six consecutive vintages from 2005 to the current 2010. And it scored between 88 and 91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar from 2006 through 2009, the most recent vintage it’s reviewed.
That’s the type of consistency that made Garnacha de Fuego a contender for our Top 5 Spanish red wine values. It barely missed the cut, only because it’s not quite as widely available throughout the Washington area as the other members of the list.
It can be found at Total Wine stores throughout Virginia for $7.99 a bottle, and at their sister stores in Maryland, Corridor Wine & Spirits in Laurel and Beltway Fine Wine in Towson for $9.99. It can also be frequently found on sale at Magruder’s on Connecticut Ave., NW. But today’s $5.99-a-bottle sale is about the lowest price in the country, except for a Costco store in Texas.
So if you do find yourself convenient to the Vienna Fresh Market – or just feel like taking a detour from the Beltway traffic in Virginia – stop and pick up a bottle or 12 of this great bargain. It should be open for tasting, so you can try before you buy. The wine is a perfect accompaniment to burgers on the grill; and Fresh Market just so happens to have ground chuck on sale for $2.99 a pound. And what they call "ground chuck" at Fresh Market is the rough equivalent of ground sirloin at most supermarkets.
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