2017 Vinos del Viento "Montaña La Ermita de Santa Bárbara" Garnacha Campo de Borja

SKU #1559361 92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark From a single parcel of old bush-vine grenache on red-slate soil, this has aromas of dried red flowers and raspberries with leaves and gentle pastry notes. The palate has a very plush and ripe core of raspberry flavors with some red plums and redcurrants The tannins finish very ripe. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The top Garnacha is the 2017 La Ermita de Santa Bárbara, produced with grapes from a vineyard in the village of Tabuenca in Campo de Borja, low-yielding 50-year-old vines on red soils. The grapes fermented with some full clusters and indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in second and third use 225-liter French oak barrels for 14 months. It is ripe but feels fresher than the 2016 I also tasted next to it, like there's an evolution toward more freshness and balance, even if the alcohol is higher in this low-yielding and concentrated vintage. The nose combines ripe berries and spices, a touch of smoke and earth, and the palate is full-bodied, juicy, voluptuous and generous with a slightly warm finish. It needs powerful food. (LG) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

Vinos del Viento is the most recent Spanish addition to our Direct Import portfolio. It is a project that focuses on Garnacha and Cariñena (Grenache and Carignan) from the region that is the origin for both varieties, Aragón. All of the DOs of Aragón are represented in their lineup—Campo de Borja, Calatayud, Cariñena and Somontano. Winemaker Michael Cooper, who is a native of California, looks for purity and freshness in his wine. To do so he has sought out older vineyards that are found at higher elevations. The vines range from 35 to 99 years of age. The lowest elevation vineyard is 1800 feet. These are wines for everyday, and priced accordingly—but they are not simple wines. While they are delicious (and if you are looking for no more than that these wines are hard to beat), if you want more than that the wines also speak of their varietals and regions with some depth and complexity. Named after the winds that temper the region’s warm climate, these wines are a bridge from the old world to the new, perfectly representing a Californian making Spanish wines.

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