2017 Viña Zorzal Garnacha Navarra

SKU #1399813 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The entry-level red 2017 Garnacha is an amazing value, as it has grapes from dry-farmed and head-pruned old vineyards in the village of Fitero. It fermented with full clusters, in stainless steel, with indigenous yeasts and bottled unoaked to preserve the freshness and acidity. This is lively and fresh due to harvesting early and using stems since the conditions of the year were warm and very dry. It's a juicy, delicious Garnacha and is really tasty. They are on their way up, and each vintage seems to be better than the previous one. A great Garnacha at a great price. (LG) 90+  (12/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Sweet red-fruited pure Garnacha. Tangy fruit, pure and deliciously straightforward. Rounded in fruit and texture but finishes fresh and surprisingly long. Drink 2019-2021. (JH)  (3/2019)


 Lurid red. Spicy red berries, spicecake and a floral nuance on the fragrant nose. Brisk, juicy and focused in the mouth, showing good definition to its fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. A white pepper nuance adds spicy bite to a nicely persistent, discreetly tannic finish. I'd serve this accessible, fruit-driven wine lightly chilled. (JR)  (3/2019)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2019 | Send Email
Full disclosure: I’ve loved this wine for multiple vintages now. I bought a ton of this a few years ago while I was going through a cool climate syrah phase (still happening). This appeals to me for a lot of the same reasons that I love cool climate syrah. There’s a savoriness, there’s a black pepper note, there’s a rigid but accessible tanic profile, and plenty of acidity. So distinctive. So unique. This is a beautifully crafted, supremely aromatic wine with body and power. Malbec? Argentina? Who cares. This wine is killer and one that I regularly pull out of my cellar.

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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 (%): 12.5