Acentor Garnacha

"offers up a deep, ripe and nicely complex nose...A great, great value" —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Appellation
Calatayud D.O.
Grape(s)
100% Garnacha, from 50+ year-old, bush vines
Altitude/Soil
750-900 meters / iron-rich red clay with abundant surface stones
Farming Methods
Traditional methods
Harvest
Hand harvested into small boxes
Production
Destemmed grapes were fermented in cement tanks
Aging
Aged for 5 months in used, 50% French and 50% American oak barrels
Suggested Retail Price
$14
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Acentor Garnacha 2011
89+ (I-WR) 89 (IWC) ** (WP)
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89+ International Wine Review The 2011 Acentor Garnacha reveals a somewhat darker profile than the 2012. It displays a dark ruby color and aromas of plum, earth, slate/minerals and herbs. It is soft and round on the palate with good flavor intensity, a velvet mouth feel, soft tannins and a long finish.
Nov/Dec 2013
89 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Deep ruby. Spice-accented aromas of dark berries and cherry compote, with a hint of licorice in the background. Intensely fruity in the mouth, offering jammy blackberry and blueberry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Closes smooth and broad, with good energy and lingering blue fruit notes.
Sept/Oct 2013
** The Washington Post Score: ** Stars (Excellent)

Spicy berry flavors are typical of good, inexpensive Spanish garnacha, and this wine delivers them, along with smoky earthiness for added interest. Not a particularly complex wine, just a really fun one. Another hit from sommelier-turned-importer Aurelio Cabestrero.
April 3, 2013
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Acentor Garnacha 2016
90 (WRO) 89+ (VfC)
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90 Wine Review Online With an additional year of aging by comparison to Garnacha wines from the 2017 vintage, this shows slightly toned-down fruit and modestly tuned-up savory notes, but is still full of fruity fun. Red berry tones join cherry flavors, and the soft tannins lend a bit of backbone without imparting any astringency or hardness to the finish. In a word: Yum.
Michael Franz - "Go with Garnacha for Thanksgiving" Nov. 19, 2018
89+ View from the Cellar The Acentor bottling from Isaac Fernandez has been a consistently well-made bottle of garnacha since the first vintage I had the pleasure to try, which was the 2014. Readers may recall that this wine is produced from vines that are fifty-plus years of age, planted at an altitude of seven hundred and fifty to nine hundred meters above sea level, with the soils composed of iron rich clay. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts in cement tanks and aged in a combination of French and American casks. The 2016 comes in listed at the same 14.5 percent octane as the 2015, and this seems just a tad on the low side to my palate in this vintage. Nevertheless, the wine is another very good value, offering up a deep and complex nose of baked raspberries, a touch of fruitcake, hung game, garrigue, a fine base of soil tones and plenty of spices in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and really quite well balanced for its octane, with a good core of fruit, impressive soil signature, moderate tannins, impressive nascent complexity and a long, ever so slightly heady finish. I liked the 2015 vintage here just a tad better, but this too is a serious wine that delivers an awful lot of complexity for its extremely reasonable price point! 2018-2030.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
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Acentor Garnacha 2017
90 (I-WR) 88 (WS) 88 (VfC)
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90 International Wine Review This 100% Garnacha from 50+ year-old bush vines is slate-like with a dark cherry , berry and peppery nose. It is soft on the attack with medium acidity and finishes dry and slightly astringent. Aged 7 months in French and American oak.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
88 Wine Spectator Fresh cherry and berry flavors mingle with light herb and licorice notes in this round, tender red. Light tannins and juicy acidity keep this focused and fresh. Fruit-centered, but with nice subtlety. Drink now through 2024. 1,500 cases made, 800 cases imported.
Tasting Highlights, 8 Spanish Values for $25 or Less
March 5, 2020
88 View from the Cellar The 2017 Acentor is another fine vintage of Garnacha from this consistently strong estate. The wine is ripe and nicely balanced, offering up a deep nose of black raspberries, bonfire, dark soil tones, spit-roasted game, coffee grounds and a bit of spice in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and plush at the core, with a good touch of meatiness and spice, good focus and grip, moderate tannins and just a whisper of backend heat perking up the long finish. This is listed at 14.5 percent, but carries its octane very well and is a tasty example of old vine grenache made without any makeup in the cellar. Good juice in a riper style. 2022-2040.
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
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Acentor Garnacha 2018
88+ (VfC)
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88+ View from the Cellar The 2018 Acentor Garnacha is produced from vines in excess of fifty years of age. Like the Legado del Moncayo version, the soils here are clay and iron, with plenty of stones. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in a combination of older French and American barrels for seven months prior to bottling. The 2018 vintage here delivers a fine bouquet of red and black raspberries, bonfire, grilled meats, a bit of pepper, a good base of soil and a bit of lavender in the upper register. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and nicely balanced, with a good core, ripe tannins and a long, complex and focused finish. This is fine juice and, once again, really a stellar value! 2020-2035+.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020
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