Garmon

"Firmly established as one of Ribera's best cuvées." —
Tim Atkinm, Master of Wine
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, Vegan
Harvest
Hand harvested
Production
Fermented with native microbes in stainless steel tanks
Aging
Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels
Suggested Retail Price
$85
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Garmon 2014
94 (WRO) 93 (WE) 92 (VfC) 92 (VM) 92 (WS) 92 (RP) 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 View from the Cellar The 2014 vintage of Garmón is listed at the same 14.5 percent as the 2015 version, but it seems just a tad riper in its aromatic profile than its younger sibling. The bouquet is deep and blossoming nicely, offering up scents of black cherries, black plums, Cuban cigar wrapper, a nice touch of soil, woodsmoke and a very well done framing of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, ripe and very well-balanced, with a good core of fruit, fine focus and grip, wellintegrated, chewy tannins and a long, focused and promising finish. This is a fine wine in the making, but it needs some cellaring time to blossom properly. 2024-2055+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
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
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.
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) 95 (WE) 94 (W&S) 94 (VM) 94 (VeV) 92+ (VfC) 92 (Decanter) 92 (RP)
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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.
95 The Wine Enthusiast Bold aromas of flowers, ripe berries and cassis carry the exotic nose. This bottling from the renowned García family is intense, tight and structured like a brick house. Boysenberry, blackberry and chocolaty oak are the most notable flavors, while this oozes coffee, toast and peppery spice on a hard-driving but focused finish. Drink from 2020–2038.
Editors’ Choice - November 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
94 Vinous Media Inky ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented blackberry and cherry cola aromas are complemented by suggestions of incense, vanilla and pungent flowers. Supple, sweet and impressively concentrated, offering lush black and blue fruit, spicecake, mocha and violet pastille flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Plush yet surprisingly lively in character, with a suave floral note and velvety tannins on an impressively long, sweet finish. 2023 – 2033
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
94 Vivir el Vino Included in their list of 365 best wines of the year 2018.
92+ View from the Cellar Garmón is the new project from Mariano Garcia and his family, who used to man the helm at Vega Sicilia and is now responsible for such Ribera del Duero icons as Mauro. The 2015 Garmón is 14.5 percent octane, crafted entirely from tempranillo and aged for sixteen months in French casks prior to bottling. The 2015 offers up a fine nose of red plums, cherries, a bit of cocoa powder, good soil tones and plenty of smoky new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full bodied and ripely tannic, with a good core of fruit, a nice bass line of soil tones and fine length and grip on the nascently complex and focused finish. I find this less extracted than Mauro and therefore, to my palate, even better. This is good juice that needs some cellaring to allow its complexity to start to emerge. 2025-2055.
Issue #75 – May/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
92 The Wine Advocate The second vintage of the only wine produced here, the 2015 Garmón is from a dry and warm vintage. It fermented by plot with a pied de cuve in stainless steel vats, where the wine also underwent malolactic fermentation. The élevage was in 225- and 500-liter French oak barrels and lasted some 16 months. There was a little more new oak in 2015, and the year delivered riper wines; they tried to compensate with more grapes from cooler zones within Ribera del Duero. It has some grainy tannins and a round, wide palate. It's a more powerful vintage. 45,936 bottles and 1,768 magnums were filled in June 2017. Forty percent of the volume is exported.
Issue 238 - August 2018
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Garmon 2016
97 (Proensa) 97 (G. Gourmets) 96 (TA) 93 CS (WE) 93 (RP) 93 (VM) 92 (VfC) 92 (WS) 92 (JS) 91 (WB)
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97 Guia Proensa Great Ribera profile, with noble strength and a lot of finesse. [The wine is} in its first phase but already suggestive: brightly fruity, floral, ink, quality wood [oak], balsamic. Body medium-high, balanced, well-constituted, sensations of solidity and freshness.
Guia Proensa 2018
97 Guia de Vinos Gourmets Vibrant purple/black color with a violet rim. Deep and fragrant nose, aromas of wild berries, peach, floral, chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, tea, Chinese ink, graphite, wet earth, cigar box, sandalwood, incense ... Powerful, fleshy, structured, ripe and velvety tannin with a long finish. Persistent, very fruity retronasal aromas. Exciting.
Guia Gourmets 2019 (Spain)
96 Tim Atkin MW Mariano García’s brilliant project gets its fruit from four different villages with altitudes up to 1,000 metres. This scented, deeply coloured cuvée is floral, fresh and poised, with gratifying freshness and potential. 2022-35
Ribera del Duero Top 100, November 2018
93 CS The Wine Enthusiast A richly oaked nose is grainy and outright woody, with smoky blackberry notes and a hint of raisin filling in the cracks. A rough, drawing palate is tannic like nails, while this tastes of chocolaty black fruits. Intensity is a continuing theme maintained on a chocolaty finish that's dry and pounding in texture; drink from 2021–2035.
Cellar Selection - August 2019
93 The Wine Advocate Cropped from a cooler year, the 2016 Garmón is fresher, cooler and juicier, with elegant and polished tannins. The process is similar every year, and the differences are mostly due to vintage variations, but in this vintage, they used a higher percentage of used barriques for the élevage (50/50 new and used). 2016 is fresher, more elegant and a little lighter. It has a medium to full body and some grainy tannins. Give it a little more time before you pull the cork. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2018.
Issue 238 - August 2018
93 Vinous Media Bright, youthful purple. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes an array of red and blue fruit, floral and exotic spice qualities, and vanilla and roasted coffee notes emerge as the wine opens up. Sappy, concentrated and seamless in texture, offering sweet boysenberry and cherry flavors and a touch of smokiness. Shows excellent clarity and a repeating vanilla note on the clinging finish, which is given shape by supple, harmonious tannins. 2023 – 2032
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
92 View from the Cellar The 2016 Garmón Tinto is composed entirely from Tempranillo, with the vineyard age ranging from a robust thirty years-old all the way up to one hundred year-old vines! The wine is aged for sixteen months in French oak barrels prior to bottling, with the 2016 vintage tipping the scales at 14.5 percent octane. It delivers a beautiful, youthful bouquet of black cherries, plums, cocoa powder, cigar wrapper and a nice base of smoky new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a plush core, fine balance and grip, suave tannins and just a bit of backend heat poking out on the long and classy finish. This is really good, with a sense of restraint that is not easy to present at 14.5 percent octane. I would love to see it a touch lower in alcohol, but this is very well-made wine. 2026-2055.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020
92 Wine Spectator A polished texture carries focused flavors of black cherry, licorice, tar and mineral in this solid red. Sleek and crisp, this shows good definition. Drink now through 2028. 4,215 cases made, 350 cases imported. — TM
June 30, 2019 Issue
92 JamesSuckling.com Blackberries and blueberries with some vanilla and chocolate character. Medium body. Firm and silky with resolved tannins. Attractive to drink now.
July 24, 2019
91 Washington Wine Blog Really good in its youth, the 2016 ‘Garmon’ delivers rich dark currants that are woven together with exotic spices, mocha and black licorice on the palate. Layered, with light tannins and great acidity, enjoy this over the next decade. Drink 2020-2028.
Dr. Owen J. Bargreen, CS - July 2020
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Garmon 2017
96 (TA) 94 (WE) 93 (VM) 93 (RP)
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96 Tim Atkin MW Very much a blend of villages, Mariano García's remarkable wine uses fruit from four different areas, with altitudes of up to 1,000 metres. Subtle, floral and energetic, with finely judged oak, judiciously worked tannins, savoury, dark berry fruit, plenty of colour and considerable ageing potential. Firmly established as one of Ribera's best cuvées. 2023-30
Ribera del Duero Top 100, November 2019
94 The Wine Enthusiast Blackberry and cassis aromas are accompanied by savory notes and leathery warmth. Going in a different direction, the palate is crisp, tight and dry, with strapping muscularity. Black plum, wild berry, earthy spice, lemony oak and chocolaty support combine to create a superb flavor profile, while this is focused and firm on the finish. Drink through 2028.
Michael Schachner - Issue June/July 2021 Cellar Selection
93 Vinous Media Opaque ruby. Mineral- and spice-accented aromas of ripe red and dark berries, lavender and exotic spices on the deeply perfumed nose. Weighty and broad on the palate, offering juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that show fine clarity and building sweetness. Turns spicier on the persistent finish, which features slowly mounting tannins and lingering mineral and floral notes. 2023 – 2032
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
93 The Wine Advocate The 2017 Garmón was the first vintage fermented in their own winery, and the wine went through malolactic and an élevage of 18 months in barrique, but they increased the percentage of used barrels. The fruit is very clean and a mixture of red and black, and the tannins are soft, a bit grainy, with integrated oak. Like many of the 2017s from the family, the wine shows really well; they did a good job in a very challenging year. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2019.
They used more grapes from Moradillo and other villages where frost didn't reach. The result is that the 2017s keep the balance and poise and were even able to keep the volume.
December 2019
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Garmon 2018
94 (VM)
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94 Vinous Media Deep, brilliant violet. Expansive cherry, blueberry, potpourri and exotic spice qualities on the intensely perfumed nose; vanilla and woodsmoke nuances add complexity. Deep, sweet and focused on the palate, offering powerful red and dark berry compote, lavender pastille and licorice flavors and a suave floral overtone. A spicy nuance gains strength on the long, energetic and youthfully tannic finish, which leaves smoke and mineral notes behind. 2025 – 2035
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
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