2010 Bernabeleva "Navaherreros" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(100% garnacha that was aged in used oak): Bright red. Sexy aromas of candied red fruits and potpourri, with a spicy topnote. Dense and supple, with very good energy to its sweet cherry, raspberry and spicecake flavors. At once silky and powerful, with a dry, mineral-driven finish that shows impressive energy and harmonious tannins.
Catalan winemaker Marc Isart Pinos is taking old vines, applying excellent viticultural technique, fermenting in foudre with 100% whole clusters used in this cuvee, as well as long maceration on the skins for further complexity/elegance. As the the barrel program matures, this Navaherreros bottling, the step up from the Camino bottling, seems to show increasingly more energy to balance out its slightly richer, denser dark fruit profile. Pure plum and berry fruit flavors show themselves on this Garnacha farmed on granitic, sandy soils. As for the relatively high alcohol, all I can say is that this is more balanced and less hot than many "13.5%" or "14.5%" wines. If there is too much alcohol for you, then that's fine, more for me (and anyone else who appreciate great wine!) As far as food pairing is concerned, this Garnacha would pair nicely with a range of seasonal dishes, though I think that it would be particularly good with braised lamb shanks. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)