About This Wine
In California, most vineyards designated as “old vine” grow Zinfandel.
In Spain, many of the venerable vineyards have been growing Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache) for decades. For the bottling known as “Garnacha de Fuego,” the contributing vines are at least 65 years old, and some have been producing for 20 years longer than that.
Where are these vineyards? They can be found on the hillsides around Calatayud, some 3,000 feet above sea level. The soil is composed primarily of decomposed slate and gravelly clay, and the region receives very little rainfall. Combine the age of the vines with the climate, and it’s easy to understand why the annual yields are extremely low.
That’s not necessarily good for growers, but it’s great news for wine drinkers because low yields equate with concentrated fruit... and expressive wines. Specifically, wines like the 2010 “Garnacha de Fuego,” which is deeply hued, floral in aroma, and brimming with spiced fruit flavor.
Second most widely planted grape in the world. High in alcohol, with strawberry, raspberry, peppery fruit and herb flavors. Often used in blending.
- Grape Composition:100% Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache)
- Grape Source:Calatayud Region of Spain
- Aromas & Flavors:Violets, Black Cherry and a Hint of Pepper
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestiontapas, or a lightly sprinkled pepper steak.