2011 Jeromin Zestos Garnacha Vinos de Madrid
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A staggering value, Patrick Mata brings in 10,000 cases of the 2011 Zestos Garnacha Old Vines, which was vinified in a combination of stainless steel and cement tanks. Made from old vine (over 40 years of age), high altitude (2800 feet) Grenache, this head-pruned vineyard planted on granite soils has produced an unbelievable wine for the price. Lots of kirsch, strawberry, black currant and licorice aromas jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, richly fruity, surprisingly intense red. Drink this pure, sexy effort over the next 1-2 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(raised in stainless steel and concrete vats): Brilliant ruby color. Assertive aromas of black raspberry, cherry and fresh flowers, with Asian spice accents building with air. Juicy and supple on the palate, offering gently sweet red and dark berry flavors and a hint of dark chocolate. Shows impressive energy and clarity on the finish, which features a zesty white pepper nuance. There's a lot of wine here for the money.
Given the fresh, raspy mixed berry fruit, the name "Zestos" is indeed apt (though it actually is Spanish for "basket.") Typical of garnacha from around the higher elevation vineyards of San Martín de Valdeiglesias (just outside of Madrid), there is a subtle yet undoubtedly present tannic backbone and firm minerality adding punch to this everyday red. It should stand up nicely to any range of dishes in your winter repertoire, even braised meats. Another example of the great potential of wines being made in the villages just outside of Madrid.