2009 Camino de Navaherreros Garnacha Vinos de Madrid

SKU #1060376

Produced from old vine garnacha located about an hour and a half drive west of Madrid, more than 2,500 feet in elevation, this wine shows an aromatic complexity, flavor intensity and texture that separates it from 99.9% of the plentiful Grenache based wines which we taste here every year. The first thing you notice in the glass is the beautiful, translucent, ruby color - always a good sign. Red fruits abound on the nose, leading to an incredibly bright, crunchy, delicious palate full of raspberry, tangy cherry and hibiscus. Tannins are fine knit and speak of grapes, not oak. As elegant an example of Grenache as you are likely to find, think of this more as a traditional cotes du Rhone or even a cru Beaujolais. With a tiny 930 case production, this is no large scaled co-op effort, but rather a terrific bottling from a smaller winery opting for quality over quantity. Yields are small (35 hl/hectare), fermentation and ageing take place in large wooden vats, organic viticulture is practiced, and this is very much a two person, family operation of the Bulnes family. Raul Perez, arguably Spain's best winemaker right now, helps to make the wine. This is a wine that you need to try, a real stunner.

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By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/31/2010  | Send Email
Quite a stand out wine from a small producer in Spain. Getting to taste a wine in which less than a 1000 cases were produced on the other side of the globe always seems a treat. This Grenache is bright and vibrant, sour cherry and a passel of red fruit make up the main thrust of flavor profile. Self contained, not over produced, the concentration and elegance of this wine makes it a must try.

 By: Mike Callahan |  Review Date: 12/7/2010 
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I served this wine on Thanksgiving expecting a much more flavorful wine based on the reviews. I, and several others, found the wine to be thin on color, aroma and taste. It was certaintly not a bad wine. In fact, it was well balanced and smooth to the palate, but it lacked any depth or character. I have more of this to try so I could be back with a revision if the next round changes my perception.

 By: Paul Dodd |  Review Date: 10/20/2010 
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Decent replacement for a Pinot as an inexpensive food friendly wine. Great red fruit flavors that can't be beat at this price.

 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 10/14/2010 
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I was taken in by the lovely ruby color and the aromatics, which have the citrus and spice of a mulled wine. But the 15% alcohol level has an effect not unlike sterno. In this case more is less.

 By: Meghan Mccarty |  Review Date: 9/20/2010 
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This is a very pretty shimmering translucent ruby in the glass. On the palate it explodes with bright concentrated red fruits, tangy rasberry and cranberry. It's almost a bit too intensely tangy on its own, though not without interest, but it really shines with food, particularly mediterranean flavors - think olives and cured meats, or a tangy cheese and tomatoes. The purity and concentration on this are really exceptional for the price and I think it will surprise and delight you. It feels to me like a great summer wine so drink up while the sun still shines.

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Varietal:

Grenache

- 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.
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Spain

- 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 (%): 15