I can't wait to watch the drama of The Masters unfold this weekend. I've been a golfer since childhood and can't remember a more anticipated event than this one. So come rain or shine, I will be barbecuing this Sunday. I've had a case of the 2007 Alto Moncayo old vine Grenache set aside for months waiting for the perfect time to break out the grill and start my favorite season of the year.
Alto Moncayo is one of those Spanish wines that screams value every time you drink it. What makes Grenache (in particular this wine) perfect for barbecuing is how approachable the varietal can be without losing its nuance - almost Zinfandelesq in quality. Its rich character can stand up to the smoky flavors of the grill.
The wine is always a crowd pleaser and is a member of the 92+ point club year in and year out receiving 93 points so far this year from Stephen Tanzer and 94 pts last year from Parker.
Moncayo's complex bouquet offers scents of blueberry, boysenberry, cola, and dark chocolate. Broad, sweet dark berry flavors display liqueur-like depth and power and are nicely framed by velvety tannins. A tangy mineral note gains strength with air and adds vivacity to the long, sweet, spicy finish.
I don't know the exact food I'm going to be grilling yet, but I'm certain the spread will include burgers and ribs. Enjoy now and over the next five years.
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