Grapes: 100% Garnacha Tintorera
The Garnacha Tintorera (a.k.a. Alicante Bouschet) for this wine is harvested from 25 year old vineyards on the Southeast of the Meseta of central Spain, surrounding the village of Higueruela. Fruit for this wine comes from a number of different vineyard sites with varying altitudes and expositions with sandy and white, chalky clay soils. The vineyards are dry-farmed and trained in the traditional, vaso, vase-like manner. The production focuses on low quantity and high quality.
This wine aims to present the best character of primary fruit. Both maceration and fermentation take place in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts, first at low temperatures with dry ice to extract color and grape aromas and then at a relatively cool 70º F, to preserve those aromas. Before undergoing malolactic fermentation the grapes are drained and pressed and then the wine is racked back to the stainless steel tanks. The wine is clarified and lightly filtered before bottling.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Fresh cherry, blackberry, floral oil and anise on the nose. Zesty, nicely
delineated red fruit flavors pick up a licorice pastille nuance with aeration. Finishes taut and refreshingly
bitter, with fine-grained tannins adding grip. Excellent value here. “Focus on Spain” Issue 176 Sept/Oct 2014