You'd think any wine called Las Rocas would go over well here at Casa de las Rocas Grandes. And, you might be right. Robert Parker certainly was pleased with the wine, bestowing a magical 90 points on this vintage.
Garnacha is Spanish for Grenache, which is French for Cannonau, which it Italian for one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. The grape probably originated in Aragon (Spain) and migrated to France and Italy from there.
The Las Rocas Garnacha is medium bodied and big on the pepper. It has enough alcohol to throw you around, even if you are a big guy. That's sort of typical of the grape, though, which ripens late and has a high sugar content.
It's not a bad wine, but you need something serious to go with it. What tamed it perfectly for moi was a heavily smoked cheddar. Carr Valley apple wood smoked cheddar.
Under ten bucks US and, while it isn't something I loved like a high school sweetheart, it was a nice change of pace for a week night.