2011 Bernabeleva "Camino de Navaherreros" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid

SKU #1118299 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (all garnacha, aged in large wooden tanks): Vivid red. Fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas are brightened by notes of blood orange and white flowers. Light-bodied but concentrated red berry flavors show good bite and lift, with a mineral quality adding focus. A clean, vibrant wine that finishes with surprising power and very good length.  (9/ 2012)

K&L Notes

This is as elegant an example of Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache) as you are likely to find. Catalan winemaker Marc Isart Pinos is taking old vines, applying excellent viticultural work, fermenting in foudre (with some whole clusters used, as well as long maceration on the skins for further complexity/elegance), and bottling with a minimum of sulphur to create this beautiful, expressive wine. A good bit more tangy, racy and serious than most Grenache at this price, the Camino de Navaherreros is sure to please those who prefer layered nuance and energetic flavors. Having recently visited the winery and tasted this side-by-side with the 2011 (both delicious) I can confidently say that this wine only continues to improve and show more interest for those who wish to lay down a few bottles for several years. Awesome Grenache--for my money the best in the store. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/8/2013  | Send Email
The newest vintage of the staff favorite Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherreros Garnacha does not disappoint! From sandy, granitic soils and organic production, this wine has a very pretty nose of red cherry, raspberry, red plum and spice. It delivers all of this onto the palate. Medium-plus acidity and medium tannins, with great balance and finesse. Not your fleshy rich garnacha, but rather, linear with great fruit purity. And $12.99? Snap it up by the case!
Top Value!

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/2/2013  | Send Email
Bernabeleva? You bernabelieveit! Joking aside, this winery is one of the most exciting projects to have emerged on the Spanish wine scene in the past several years. Their Garnacha based wines simply need to be tasted to be believed, as they are bright, full of energy, freshness and a vibrancy that is seldom seen in the Grenache grape variety. Camino de Navaherreros is the entry level wine, and what an entry it is: crunchy, tangy red berry fruits and plum skin flavors also show serious structure. Delicious for now, with the bones and balance to allow for further improvement in bottle over the next several years. This is simply a phenomenal wine for the price.

 By: Paul Burt |  Review Date: 5/4/2013 
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A wine that is not for everyone. Ruby red in the glass with a slight separation ring. Heat, red berry fruits - cherry, pomegranate, strawberry, spice and vanilla and more heat. It takes about 15-20 minutes for the heat to blow in the glass, but after settling down the the fruit remains, slightly astringent and linear, but pleasing. The finish bold and tart cherry mainly with no discernible tannic structure but loads of acidity that dominates. Unique, interesting wine - needs short term (9-12 months) cellaring to flesh out a little. Paul
Drink from 2013 to 2016

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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 (%): 14.5