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.
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
- 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.