2015 Laventura Garnacha Rioja

SKU #1330462 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There is also a new red varietal Garnacha, the 2015 Laventura Garnacha, which was sourced from a 50-year-old vineyard in the village of Tudelilla on boulder soils at 500 meters in altitude. It fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in 600-liter oak barrels for 12 months. It's a floral and elegant style of Garnacha, with no noticeable oak, fine tannins and great freshness. It's pure, crystalline, fresh, tasty and terribly balanced. Delicious Garnacha! Very Zen! (LG)  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2018 | Send Email
While this Rioja was made not following any of the traditional regional aging designations (Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva system), this is quite a compelling and lively red that delivers quite a lot of value. It's a floral and elegant style of Garnacha, with no noticeable oak (large format neutral oak is used), fine tannins, and great freshness. Red fruit aromas, predominantly strawberries in particular. On the palate, vibrant, bright red fruit notes are complemented by cocoa powder flavors and a stone / rocky minerality. Fresh, tasty and nicely balanced; it is also extremely versatile in food pairing applications

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2018 | Send Email
When isolated, the Garnacha shows all the brightness and energy only hinted at in the Lanave. Fresh strawberries, bracing acidity, hints of cocoa and compelling texture provided by the rocky, chalky minerality, make this a highly thorough experience, and extremely versatile with food.

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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