Grenache is one of the most widely grown varietals in southern France and Spain. It is generally spicy, berry-flavoured and soft on the palate with a relatively high alcohol content, since it can achieve high sugar levels. Grenache tends to lack acid, tannin and color, so it can not produce ageworthy wines alone. It is frequently used to smooth out a blend.
The vine buds early and requires a long growing season in order to fully ripen. Grenache is often one of the last grapes to be harvest, often ripening weeks after Cabernet Sauvignon. The long ripening process allows the sugars in the grape to reach high levels, making Grenache based wines capable of substantial alcohol levels often north of 15%.
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