Garmon

"Vibrant, assertively perfumed aromas...Sappy, seamless and penetrating on the palate...silky smooth tannins frame the intense fruit." —
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media
Appellation
Ribera del Duero D.O.
Grape(s)
100% Tinto Fino, from vines between 30-100 years old
Altitude/Soil
900 meters / calcareous and sandy clay
Farming Methods
Organic Methods
Harvest
Hand harvested
Production
Fermented with native microbes in stainless steel tanks
Aging
Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels
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Garmon 2014
94 (WRO) 93 (WE) 92 (WS) 92 (RP) 92 (VM) 90 (Decanter) 90 (W&S)
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94 Wine Review Online This is the first release of this wine, which is a new project launched by the Garcia family (led by Mariano, Eduardo and Alberto), which sits atop the winemaking hierarchy in Spain with only the Palacios family within sight. A plan to build a dedicated winery for the project is in the works, but for now, there's no doubting that this is an ultra-serious wine, as demonstrated by its very dense pigmentation, expressive aromatics, concentrated body, intense oak signature and very persistent finish. Although another five years of cellaring will be required for this to fully unfold, it already shows excellent purity of fruit (Ribera del Duero's particular strength with Tempranillo) even under a lot of assertive wood notes, and shows lots of little nuances after sufficient airing. Indeed, the wine was notably more complex rather than fading when re-tasted the day after opening, which is invariably a sign of excellent and as close to a guarantee of age-worthiness as one can find. Certainly this can be enjoyed today with robust foods like grilled lamb, but this was built to bloom fully in 5-10 years. Stay tuned...this will likely develop from an excellent to a great wine in years to come, and will also likely to be the first in a string of superb wines under this label.
93 The Wine Enthusiast This dark, concentrated number is new from the García family, known for the wines of San Román and Mauro. Like most reds from this clan, this is loaded with blackberry and toasty oak aromas. A massive, raw palate shows abrasive tannins. Oak-forward flavors of blackberry, cassis and coconut finish woody and powerful. Drink from 2018–2028.
Cellar Selection
September 1, 2017
92 Wine Spectator Loamy earth and black olive notes frame a core of black plum and currant in this solid red. The muscular tannins are well-integrated, giving way to minerally and toasty hints on the finish. A savory style, with good depth. Tempranillo. Drink now through 2029. 2,750 cases made.
March 22, 2017
92 The Wine Advocate The first wine ever produced here is the 2014 Garmón, pure Tempranillo from a diversity of villages all in the province of Burgos, La Aguilera, Moradillo or Baños-Tubilla. All grapes were destemmed and the wine aged in 50/50 new and used French barriques for 16 months. It's quite smoky (smoked bacon) with plenty of spices, generously oaked in general. The sweet spices are combined with sweet fruit, a sensation perceived mainly in the palate. I'd say it's quite typical of the Mariano García style, keeping the Tempranillo character of the grapes in the cooler zone of the appellation, perfumed and with some oak tannins to be resolved by some more time in bottle. This was produced in the Aalto winery, while they build their own space in the village of Olivares de Duero. 36,800 bottles and 500 magnums were filled in June 2016. 2018 - 2024

One of the most anticipated projects in Ribera del Duero is the one from the García family of Mauro fame. Of course, Mariano is a partner in Aalto, so he has produced a few wines from Ribera del Duero before, not to mention his 30 years at Vega Sicilia from 1968 to 1998... So Garmón is the contraction of the surnames of Mariano's sons, Alberto and Eduardo, García Montaña. The project is in Olivares de Duero across the river from Quintanilla de Onésimo in the province of Valladolid. The idea is to produce some 50,000 to 60,000 bottles from vineyards in the villages of La Aguilera, Moradillo and Baños-Tubilla. They produced their first wines in 2014, when they fermented some 38,000 kilos of grapes.
92 Vinous Media (aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 50 percent of them new) Inky ruby. Vibrant, assertively perfumed aromas of blackberry, cherry liqueur, cola and incense, plus a smoky nuance and a suggestion of vanilla. Sappy, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry, dark berry liqueur and spicecake flavors complemented by licorice pastille and mocha flourishes. Turns sweeter and livelier with air and finishes floral and extremely long; silky smooth tannins frame the intense fruit.
2019-2025
90 Decanter Magazine Elegantly cedary on the nose, this is an archetypal Ribera showing red and black berry fruits, menthol and liquorice complexity. It is still youthful and muscular, with a creaminess to the texture and a bold finish.
Drink 2017-2021
January 2017
90 Wine & Spirits Magazine Black in its fruit intensity, this dark Ribera lasts on its ripe flavors, accompanied by powerful tannins and tense acidity. It’s a big wine, ready for steak, with enough tannic strength and acidity to go for ten years in the bottle.
June 2018
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Garmon 2015
97 (Proensa) 94 (VeV) 94 (W&S) 92 (Decanter)
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97 Guia Proensa With a lot of character, very fine on the nose and energetic in the mouth. Fine, subtle, stylish, with a fresh fruity character, floral, mineral and ink notes. Structured, balanced, medium-high body, firm tannins, fresh acidity, tasty, with amplitude.
94 Vivir el Vino Included in their list of 365 best wines of the year 2018.
94 Wine & Spirits Magazine Mariano García, former winemaker at Vega-Sicilia, founded Garmón with his two sons, Eduardo and Alberto, working with vines between 30 and 100 years old in the heights of Olivares del Duero. This is their second vintage, a wine with youthful intensity, combining ripe red fruit and spice in a delicious blend. The texture is firm, the acidity persistent, the wine acquiring earthy notes that increase its charm as it opens in the glass.
June 2018
92 Decanter Magazine A relatively new wine from Mariano Garcia (of Aalto, formerly Vega Sicilia) and his sons; the brand comes from a merger of their surnames. Made from 30 - to 80 year-old Tempranillo, from a blend of vineyards. Very fine fruit expression with a rasp of tannin. Controlled and not at all overextracted.
Sarah Jane Evans MW March 2018
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