Grenache / Garnacha
Grenache grows well in hot, dry regions, though it can develop very high (15 degrees+) alcohol.
As such it is grown principally in Southern France and Spain (as Garnacha). It is usually blended with other varieties in the Southern Rhône and Languedoc (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut and others).
Its flavour usually encompasses the spectrum between raspberry and black cherry. It retains its acidity, even in hot condiutions, which gives it goos ageing potenatial. However, as a variety it is prone to oxydation, which makes ageing in barrels problematic.
Also found in: South America, Australia, and California's Central Valley.