2010 Bodegas Nekeas "El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa" Old Vines Garnacha Navarra

SKU #1115583 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (Made from vines that were reportedly planted between 1890 and 1930; malo in French oak and then aged on its lees for five months): Bright ruby. An expansive bouquet displays blueberry, cola, violet, cracked pepper and woodsmoke. Palate-staining black and blue fruit flavors are enlivened by zesty mineral and spice qualities, making the whole impressively powerful. The finish strongly echoes blueberry and spice notes that linger on.  (10/2012)

K&L Notes

Here is a terrific Spanish Garnacha from one of the world's best areas for this grape variety, the Northern Spanish region of Navarra, just a bit east of Rioja. Savory aromas of dark cherry, coupled with a textbook Mediterranean, scruffy, wild herb component leads to delicious ripe fruit on the palate, with well integrated wood notes and an elegant texture. Heading into Fall, this is a versatile and scrumptious red to have in your weekly rotation. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2012 | Send Email
I must admit to having fond memories of this lovely single vineyard grenache produced from 70 year-old vines in the region of Navarra. Bodegas Nekeas is one of the unsung heroes in what has become a particularly successful import portfolio of Spanish wines. It may not be as flashy as others, but the wine has generous fruit and the balance to make it ideal at table and for cellaring for several years. Are you a Grenache fan? Then by now, I think you know what you need to do....

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 14