This is violet in color, with blueberry aromas as well as notes of juniper and pine. It has a smooth mouthfeel, more than adequate weight and power, and dominant but fresh black-fruit flavors that turn syrupy as the wine breathes. Overall, it’s very flavorful but jammy. Drink now–2015.
Opens with cherry aromas and brightness, then the palate fans out and fattens up with juicy plum and cherry flavors along with just a touch of medicinality. Toasty, warm and tasty, with a thoroughness not usually found in $8 wines. Garnacha at 70% with 30% Syrah.
In 2005 this winery got a great harvest, and it’s evident in this ripe, clean Garnacha that hits with jammy aromas and a ton of fresh-fruit flavors. Juicy, smooth and earnest is how to describe this tasty bargain from a region that doesn’t always shine this bright.
At 85% Tempranillo, it could be labeled as such. Regardless, look for a bouquet of fat black fruit and touches of earth and smoke. Flavors of plum and blackberry are warm and full, while both the back end and overall impression are positive and lusty.
Racy and juicy, with forward strawberry, raspberry and leather aromas followed by a zesty, bold mouthful of plum fruit and black pepper. Long and deep for a youngster, with warmth and spice.
Nice Garnacha and Tempranillo that’s mature and ready to go. The nose is earthy, spicy, peppery and round, while the palate has a solid, healthy feel to it and flavors of dried berry fruit, fresh tomato and herbs. A little roasted at its core, but good overall.
Briary red-fruit aromas are forward and attractive. Feels juicy, with good acidic cut and ample body. Flavors of dark plum and berry come with hints of crushed herbs and dry spices. Finishes bold, with peppery spice and a pinch of heat.
Very youthful, yet from 100–year-old vines, this 100% Garnacha has a vibrant purple color and a chocolate-accented nose. Smooth and tart-sweet on the tongue, it delivers flavor and texture galore. It’s a real mouthful with a fairly big, persistent finish. Delicious, yet makes you want a more serious rendering of such old, solid fruit. —M.M.