Atteca Old Vines, Garnacha, Calatayud DO, Spain, 15% abv, 2010, C$35 @ Legacy Wines

Legacy Wines, oh how I adore you. I walk in expecting to buy one bottle of wine for a friend and 6 bottles later, I trundle out of the store with a second mortgage in hand.

Made from old Grenache vines planted around 1900 in the hills of Calatayud, Spain, 3,000 feet above sea level, this bottle was suggested this me as being a ‘beast’ – a modern take on Spain.

A 100% Garnacha, it’s a shade of ruby red with quick and considerable legs.  The aromas in this youthful wine are intense and show blackberry, black currant and menthol with some overwhelming alcohol.

Dry on the palate, it has average acidity, silky medium plus tannins and solid flavours of more ripe black fruit – blackberries and cassis – with bramble, cedar, some eucalyptus and menthol, licorice, tobacco and cigar box with vanillin, leaves and a dash of savoury earth.

This is WSET Very Good and could age for a few years yet with that fruit and acidity.


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