2015 Marañones "30,000 Maravedies" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid

SKU #1349082 94 points James Suckling

 With an intense red fruits nose, and orange peel and delicate spicy notes, this is a very unusual garnacha. In spite of the serious tannins this has an almost silky quality that's reminiscent of great pinot noir. Drink now.  (1/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The entry-level red is the 2015 Treintamil Maravedíes, which is mostly Garnacha, but it also contains some 10% of the obscure red Morate. It's sourced from different plots in the village of San Martín de Valdeiglesias, some co-fermented, some separate. It has a ripe and heady nose with notes of cherries and flowers and the slightly rustic tannins of the vintage. This is a serious red, with good depth and a somehow austere mouthfeel. 43,760 bottles were filled in June and September 2016 in two lots. This is an approachable wine coming of age. 90+ (LG)  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

The Garnacha (Grenache) revolution continues in Spain, the country that perhaps has the most legitimate claim as the birthplace of this grape variety. The diverse granite and quartz dominant terroirs of the Gredos mountain range outside of Madrid is one of the hotbeds for top quality Garnacha, and Marañones one of its leading producers. This particular bottling, produced from San Martín de Valdeiglesias, has a touch of Morate, a white grape, blended in. It's a delicious example of the tension between fruit, tannin, acidity and non-fruit terroir/mineral driven notes present in the best of these wines. Delicious!

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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