2006 Las Rocas de San Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud
Spain, Aragón, Calatayud
Wine Ministry – CTS DMin Happy Hour
Week 1, Tuesday, Wine No. 4
Provided by Paul C.
We finished off this second evening of wine tasting with a winner. All of the wines have been good tonight, but this is a great closer. Like the relief pitcher at the end of an exciting game, this wine comes on strong and focused.
Interestingly, Garnacha is the Spanish version of the Rhone varietal Granache. But the Spanish embolden the soft and fruity grape and make something very different from the subtle, textured Rhones.
The grapes for this wine are from 70-100 year old vines grown at high altitude in the rocky mountains of Aragon. This imparts particularly concentrated flavors in the wine. It’s as though you can smell the mountains and the earthy soil along with dark, ripe berries and spice. In the mouth it is enormous. It is thick, peppery, and tight at the initial taste, then opens up with explosive bursts of ripe black cherries, plum, and currants. The fruit flavors are followed by undertones of cedar, spice, and mushroomy soil. For some, the hefty tannins and alcohol heat (14.5%) at the finish might be too much. Decanting the wine for at least an hour will help, as will letting it live in the bottle for the next 3-5 years.
This wine is an excellent value at less than $10.
$9.99 widely available