Bought this because we had a Vermentino from Sella and Mosca that we liked, and because we had never heard of Cannonau. Turns out Cannonau is just another name for Grenache.
There is a bit of brettanomyces/barnyard here, but not enough to completely ruin it if you don't care for that kind of thing. Otherwise this is ok, light and fruity with some character. A better example of Grenache is R Wines Chateau Chateau Skulls, although that is a 60/40 blend of Grenache and Mouvedre.
Sella and Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2006 Chairman's Selection PLCB Code: 32112 Size: 750ML Price: $9.99
Another bottle from R Wines, Chateau Chateau Skulls is a very different than their First Class Shiraz. Pale in color and a little cloudy, this is 60% Grenache and 40% Mataro (Mourvedre) and comes in at 14% alcohol.
This wine matches perfectly with Jancis Robinson's description of Grenache in her book How to Taste: "an unusual combination of paleness of color and high alcohol, and has a sweet, fruity flavor that is a bit like a very strong mixture of Beaujolais and a good Pinot Noir--plus herbiness." Yeah, that's it. Textbook example. If you like Beaujolais type wine you will like this. And another creative label from R Wines.
Widely available in Center City and the Main Line.
R Wines Chateau Chateau Skulls Red Wine 2007 Chairman's Selection PLCB Code: 32000 Size: 750ML Price: $11.99
Torres is the largest family-owned producer of wine in Spain and a major exporter of wine to Europe and the US. The company goes back to 1870, survived the Spanish Civil War, and the family now has operations in Chile and through Marimar Torres, in Sonoma, California. They have a scholarly bent and seem to take pride in this--Miguel Torres has studied and written a number of books on wine.
The Gran Sangre de Toro is a blend of 60% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena, and 15% Syrah. The color is light purple, the nose is fruity. It has moderate tannins and is well balanced. For something called "Gran Sangre Reserva" though, we expected more body and found it a little thin.
This is an easy drinking wine that will go well with all kinds of food. We had it with a wine-busting barbecued pulled pork burrito, but the Gran Sangre held it's own with no problems. (Thanks to Sam for advice on photography!)