Spanish Garnacha comes in a wide variety of styles and price ranges, from concentrated and oaky to agile and fresh, from $5 bulk bin buys to the famed bottles of Priorat that can fetch hundreds of dollars. While I’m sure almost everyone would love to able to afford the pricey bottles, I have consistently found the accessible, lower priced range to provide wonderful value and enjoyment. Friendly and straightforward these are wines that pair with many dishes and often taste much more expensive then their modest price point.
Estate: Founded in 1984, Aragonesas Bodegas consists of 3700 hectares of vineyards and is located near Fuendejalón and Magallón in the Campo de Borja region of Aragon, northeastern Spain. Since 1145 Cistercian monks of the Monastery of Veruela were cultivating vines on the land, the currant owners inherited the property from their ancestors who were the keepers of this rich winegrowing legacy. Consisting of numerous terroirs, the vineyards extend from the foothills of the Iberian Mountain range to the northernmost regions of the Zaragoza province. The winery has the largest amount of vineyards in the entirety of the Campo de Borja region. Their collection of labels; Fagus, [one of my favourite Garnachas] Coto de Hayas, Garnacha Centenaria, Galiano, Oxia, Don Ramón and Aragonia offer a wide range of attentively crafted wines.
Bodegas Aragonesas Don Ramón Tinto Barrica 2012
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from old vines, some exceeding 50 years old. Aged in American oak barrels for 3 months.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with cherry, strawberry and woodsy aromas. Black cherry and raspberry flavours gave way to crushed black peppercorn, sweet vanilla and smoky oak on the velvety finish. A crowd pleasing glass that pairs with a wide variety of dishes.
75% Grenache, 25% Tempranillo
Campo de Borja
Estate Bottled by Bodegas Aragonesas
Rated 86 points by Wine Spectator
Cinco Josés Old Vines Garnacha 2012
Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with aromas of cherry and licorice. Simple and velvety smooth with black cherry, plum and hints of chocolate finishing with spicy black pepper and sweet, chewy raisin notes that keep you reaching for more.
85% Garnacha, 15% Syrah
Campo de Borja
Bottled by Fuendejalon