Grapes: 45% Garnacha, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Tempranillo
This is the second vintage for this family project from the Colas family. They own 12 hectares in Alhama de Aragon, Calatayud. The vineyards are organically farmed and have been certified for 14 years. 2011 had an early bud burst and flowering followed by a very hot and dry summer. Yields for Garnacha were particularly impacted due to a heat spike at the time of fruit set. Severe hydric stress late in the growing season lead to small, concentrated berries and to a harvest 10 days earlier than normal.
Harvest is staggered based on variety, soil type, and exposure, starting in early-September and lasting until the first week of October. Fermented in 25hl tanks with periodic punch-downs. The wine was macerated with skins for 15 days. Alcoholic fermentation occurred spontaneously with native yeasts. ML occurred in barrel. Each variety was aged separately for 18 months in 90% French and 10% American oak barrels. Following blending, the wine was clarified using egg whites. Bottled unfiltered.
The Wine Advocate
The 2011 Roque Colás pays homage to the first known family vigneron with its name and is a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. The different varieties fermented separately in 3,000-liter vats with indigenous yeasts and aged for 18 months in a mixture of French and American, used and new barriques. This is the only wine produced at the winery. It feels quite warm, no doubt the result of a dry, warm growing season. It has some lactic aromas intermixed with ripe black fruit and plenty of spices and smoke. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with plenty of grainy, slightly drying tannins, with ripe flavors. A modern, ripe, well-oaked red blend. Give it one more year in bottle. The 6,500 bottles produced.
This is a small family winery created in 2010 in the village of Alhama de Aragón by the Colás family, already on the fifth generation as grape growers in the region. They have 12 hectares of vineyards, old, head-pruned Garnacha and younger Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. The annual output is 6,500 bottles. Issue 215, October 2014
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky purple. Assertive aromas of blackberry, licorice and violet, with a subtle mineral nuance in the background. Primary and sweet on the palate, with juicy cassis, blueberry, licorice and dark chocolate flavors complemented by subtle oak tones. The long finish shows building, dusty tannins and repeating notes of sweet berries and flowers. "Focus on Spain" Issue 176, Sept/Oct 2014