2011 Bernabeleva "Navaherreros" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid

SKU #1145408 92 points 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.  (10/ 2013)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/18/2013  | Send Email
I thought this was a dead-ringer for Gigondas. Beautiful black cherry fruit that does haven't the dried quality you find in a lot of Rhone wines. It is fresh and deep. The wine also possesses that musky pipe tobacco quality which I find extremely engaging. This wine fires on all cylinders with a lengthy finish.

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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