Tasted blind, there’s no way you don’t find yourself thinking this is a nice Cotes du Rhone red that you’d be happing taking home for $15. The grapes are the same as a traditional Cotes du Rhone – 75% Garnacha (“Grenache” in France) and 25% Syrah – as are the flavors of wild blackberry and black raspberry, the fleshy and round mouthfeel, and the supple finish that invites both solo sipping and pairing up with all kinds of food.
But the wine is actually from Spain, specifically Cariñena in Aragon in the high-altitude Ebro River valley. The vines are all owned and farmed by the folks who own the winery. The winemaking is a little modern – cone-shaped fermenters to get more skin/juice contact, a computerized hydraulic basket press to avoid breaking seeds and extracting bitter tannins, 25% of the juice aged in oak – but the results feel and taste deeply authentic.
For You If: You’re after a nicely rich, all purpose, house red; you enjoy the dusky flavors of Cotes du Rhone reds and want them in and easy-drinking style; you enjoy Spanish Garnacha and want just a bit darker tone to the flavors.
Not For You If: You’re looking for a dense/thick mouthfeel – this is fleshy but not opaque; you’re after a lot of overt oak flavor – this shows just a touch of spice; the 14.5% alcohol is a deal-killer for you even if the wine doesn’t feel that big.
"Polished nose of blackcurrants, vanilla beans, blueberries and chocolate cherries. It’s full-bodied, toasty and chewy, with firm yet polished tannins. Let the wood integrate. Vegan."
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