2012 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra Terra Alta

SKU #1147647 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A joint venture between Eric Solomon and proprietor Nuria Altes, this is an unreal value made from 100% Grenache from vines planted nearly 100 years ago. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a flowery perfume revealing aromas of forest floor, underbrush, sweet black cherries, raspberries and strawberries. Medium-bodied, ethereal as well as sublime, this finesse-styled Grenache possesses a delicacy that is difficult to believe for such intensity. Consume it over the next 3-4 years.  (11/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (no oak): Deep ruby. Medicinal cherry, Indian spices and licorice on the smoky nose. Then dense but nicely delineated, with bright acidity and a floral element providing lift to bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors. Closes on a spicy note, with good cut, focus and cling. In a more grown-up style than most wines at this price point.  (10/ 2013)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2014  | Send Email
Talk about bang for your buck! And really, at the end of a rough day, is there anything better than a screw top? The label depicts a girl in a swing over vineyards, and that's an honest representation of this wine. Young, carefree, and fully enjoyable. Nice fruit, great acid, and a mildly savory finish. Come to think of it, I've got a swing in my backyard that this would pair nicely with.

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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