2011 Bernabeleva "Navaherreros" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Flamboyant aromas of raspberry, Asian spices, pungent herbs and white pepper. Dense, juicy and focused, offering mineral-driven flavors of raspberry, spicecake and rose pastille. The incisive finish features silky tannins and an echo of juicy red fruit. This sexy wine is delicious right now.
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 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 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)