2016 Botijo Rojo Garnacha Valdejalon

SKU #1397797 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Botijo Rojo Garnacha fermented in stainless steel and matured in concrete for one year. It feels very harmonious, balanced and complete, approachable and easy to understand but with complexity and depth. This is a delicious, juicy, floral Garnacha. (LG)  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

Produced from mature vine Garnacha in the Valdejalon sub-zone of Campo de Borja, this bright, crisply-fruited red wine is everything I want in an inexpensive Grenache: a balance of juicy yet intense red fruit, supple, and really drinkable; it makes you want to drink! Fernando Mora (who is about to get his Master of Wine title), Francisco Latasa, and Mario López are the partners in the Frontonio winery that produces Botijo wines. This is a delicious and highly recommended new Garnacha from Spain's Garnacha belt. Weighing in as well is The Wine Advocate's Luis Gutierrez, who has referred to Frontonio as the most exciting new project in Aragón.

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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.