2014 Bernabeleva "Camino de Navaherreros" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid

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This is as elegant an example of Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache) as you are likely to find. Catalan winemaker Marc Isart Pinos is taking old vines, applying excellent viticultural work, fermenting in foudre (with some whole clusters used, as well as long maceration on the skins for further complexity/elegance), and bottling with a minimum of sulphur to create this beautiful, expressive wine. A good bit more tangy, racy and serious than most Grenache at this price, the Camino de Navaherreros is sure to please those who prefer layered nuance and energetic flavors. Having visited the winery a year ago, and tasted the current release alongside the previous year's (both delicious) I can confidently say that this wine only continues to improve and show more interest for those who wish to lay down a few bottles for several years. The 2012 seems a bit darker fruited, more open, less nervy but still very fresh, when compared to the past few vintages. It's a terrific introduction to what this winery is capapble of achieving with the Garnacha grape! Awesome Grenache--for my money, the best in the store. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2015 | Send Email
Another exceptional value from this producer. If you haven't had wines from Bernabeleva, you are seriously missing out. Lovely pure, supple fruit, spiced berries, clove, some stem qualities that really add lift and fragrance. Ripe but vibrant. A very complete wine at a bargain price.
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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2015 | Send Email
Fresh strawberry on the nose with notes of beetroot and a stemmy, easygoing earthiness, this is stunning Grenache at an unbelievable price. Bernabeleva hails from the foothills west of Madrid and has long been a favorite of mine for its brighter take on typically peppery Garnacha – and the 2014 is no exception. Dark-fruited but shimmering, Camino de Navaherreros is a clean, nuanced wine and impressive value.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2015 | Send Email
Grenache like this is very hard to find these days at any price, and when I tasted this Bernabeleva at under $15, I got very excited. While many in the Rhone and elsewhere have started making their grenache all inky, oaky and full of obvious fruit, this wine is earthy, root like and honest. This will be great with all kinds of food for mid-week, but I am most looking forward to having it with pot-roast!
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- 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.


- 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 (%): 14.5