2010 Viña Zorzal Garnacha Viñas ViejasNavarra

SKU #1088242 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright purple. Jammy black and blue fruits on the nose and in the mouth. Open-knit and juicy, with good clarity and lift. Not the last word in complexity but extremely easy to like. Finishes with good clarity and subtle spiciness.  (10/2011)

K&L Notes

Vina Zorzal is a small producer focused on producing wines of authenticity that reflect the winemaking traditions of Navarra, Spain. They have made a splash with Graciano, catching the attention of Jancis Robinson and the Wall Street Journal, and now we're hooked with this Garnacha from a treasure trove of old Garnacha vines in the district of Fitero, a village near Corella. 2010 marks the first vintage of production from this special site, and we are excited for more! This is pure blackberry and plum-scented Garnacha, plump and juicy, and unencumbered by oak. Absolutely delicious with jamon crudo!

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2012 | Send Email
Viña Zorzal was founded by Antonio Sanz, with a philosophy that we are hearing more and more from winemakers these days- that great wines are not made in the winery, but in the vineyards. A true family operation located northeast of Rioja in Navarra, Viña Zorzal has most recently garnered the attention of Janis Robinson. This Garnacha deserves consideration for your table! Blackberry, plum, violet, and spice with a wonderful savory element that comes out with some air. Nicely balanced and delivers incredibly well for the price. A must for Turkey Day!
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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2012 | Send Email
This 100% Garnacha was harvested during a fairly dry season that promised smaller, more intense berries than usual, fermented at very low temperatures to preserve the striking, savory flavors of the fruit. And this wine is really about revealing pure, intense Garnacha fruit, not overly ripe or minerally, with lush and expressive dark plums on the nose followed by a generous, silky palate. Value-priced, this one should fly off our shelves.
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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.