An easy drinking Garnacha with a balance of clean fruit, earth and spice notes. A friendly companion with a wide variety of dishes, especially those with a bit of heat and spice.
Estate: Bodegas y Viñedos del Jalon is a commune of three bodegas that was established with funding by major financial institutions and the Government of Aragón in 1999. Located in the southern Calatayud region, it was initially created in order “to halt the decline of rural life and traditional production with the production of quality wines”. Today the bodega consists of 2400 acres of vineyards along with hundreds of grape growing families that respect the traditions of the area, in addition to applying technological advances to continue improving and developing their vineyards and wines.
Winemaking: The grapes for the ‘Alto Las Pizarras’ Garnacha were sourced from high altitude mountainside vines aged 70-100 years. The slate and quartzite mountain soil is known for imparting “a pronounced minerality” to the wine. Aged for 11 months in new French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour, with layered aromas of cherry, earth, baking spices and traces of sweet balsamic. Herbaceous hints accent strawberry, black cherry and red current fruit notes in the lush body, whilst spicy black pepper and traces of vanilla elongate the dusty mineral driven finish.
* Not to be confused with the Commune’s ‘Las Pizarras’ Garnacha. Whilst price searching I noticed that many online sources confuse the cost and character of the two labels. ‘Las Pizarras’ wines are sourced from old vines [review and a label here], whilst ‘Alto Las Pizarras’ wines are from high altitude old vine vineyards.
100% Garnacha [Grenache]
Bottled by Bodegas y Viñedos del Jalón S.A. Maluenda
$16 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2016
Rated 91 points by Wine Advocate
Sample submitted for review purpose