2012 Bernabeleva "Camino de Navaherreros" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid

SKU #1143466 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby-red. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of raspberry, potpourri and Asian spices. Silky, penetrating red fruit and rose pastille flavors pick up a mineral nuance with air. Clings with excellent tenacity on the vibrant finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a touch of blood orange.  (10/ 2013)

K&L Notes

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: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2014  | Send Email
Yes, we consistently hype this wine year after year, but I have to say there is a very good reason for this: it is, quite simply, amongst the best under $15 red wines in the store. Particularly so if you enjoy some crispness, fresh acidity, and real energy to your reds. All without sacrificing great intensity of fruit. Kudos to Marc Isart and the team at Bernabeleva for continuing to make such a delicious wine and charge very reasonably for it!

By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/22/2013  | Send Email
This is, hands down, my favorite Grenache/Garnacha producer in Spain, and this is the best "Camino" I have tasted from this producer. Old vine fruit sources, great soil types and attention to detail create some of the most dynamic reds from this little known appellation. The "Camino" this year drinks like a great Cotes du Rhone Villages with ripe red cherry fruit and spice box nose and a deeply fruited and pleasing mid-palate. You would pay $20 or more from anything else comparable from France. Try this instead, you won't regret it.

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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.
Country:

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 (%): 14.5