2013 Bernabeleva "Viña Bonita" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid
Brilliant color red. Fascinating aromas of peppermint, dried strawberries and cherries follow through to a full body with integrated tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Dense yet delicate and satisfying. Pure Garnacha made from a 2.8 hectare 80-year-old single vineyard in the Gredos range in the vicinity of Madrid. Drink now.
In the Sierra de Gredos mountains, just to the south of Madrid, some pretty amazing Garnacha is being made around the village of San Martin de Valdeiglesias. Catalan winemaker Marc Isart Pinos is taking old vines, (in this case from a vineyard of decomposed granite with only 18 inches of topsoil), applying excellent viticultural work, fermenting in foudre with some whole clusters used, as well as long maceration on the skins for further complexity, and bottling with a minimum of sulfur to create a beautiful, expressive wine. If your frame of reference for Garnacha is the inexpensive co-op stuff, the dressed up pricier co-op stuff, or Priorat, then you need to try this to enhance your perspective, as well as change your mind about what this grape is capable of in Spain. I'll take this over 99.99% of Chateauneuf-du-Pape -- maybe even Rayas. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)