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2012 Viña Aruza Carinena, Spain ‘Old Vine’ Garnacha

2012 Viña Aruza Carinena, Spain ‘Old Vine’ Garnacha Zoom

This luscious, jammy wine offers notes of black cherry, blackberry, strawberry, spice, pepper, caramel, cream and toast.

Varietal: Garnacha Vintage: 2012
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About This Wine

When considering historic European wine regions, we tend to first think of France or Italy.

But the Carinena area of Spain actually is one of the oldest recognized or “protected” winegrowing regions on the continent. Situated smack-dab in the middle of Aragon, Carinena was officially recognized in 1932. No wonder it’s home to some of the oldest producing grapevines in all of Spain.

For its 2012 bottling of Garnacha, Viña Aruza utilized grapes grown in vineyards just outside the village of Aguaron that have been farmed for more than four decades. These old “bush vines” are not “trained” like vines in more modern vineyards, so their “heads” are quite gnarly in appearance — very similar to venerable Zinfandel plantings in California.

Older vines produce less fruit than younger ones, but the grapes they do produce are extremely concentrated in flavor. That’s what makes this “Old Vine” bottling so luscious, jammy and delicious.

About Garnacha

Second most widely planted grape in the world. High in alcohol, with strawberry, raspberry, peppery fruit and herb flavors. Often used in blending.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:100% Garnacha
  • Grape Source:Carinena Growing Area of Spain
  • Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Blackberry, Strawberry, Spice, Pepper, Caramel, Cream and Toast
  • Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2015
  • Food Pairing Suggestionspicy lamb tagine with figs and rice pilaf.

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3 Reviews

    Slightly acidic

    11/15/2013 Iain Johnstone
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    Very flavorful. The fruit notes are strong and the combination with the spice is awesome.

    12/20/2013 Noah Halkins
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    Very fruity notes on the nose. We did not pick up any acidity. Very smooth and approachable. Soft tannins. A black licorice note on the finish. A very nice selection that we enjoyed.

    2/13/2014 Grant & Lisa
    • Rater Rank 12
    • Number of Ratings 41
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$14.99 / Bottle $179.88 / Case
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