I had the 2015 in a visit to the winery in the Sierra de Gredos mountains just west of Madrid. It was interesting to revisit, this time at a wine bar in Charlotte, NC. This is one of their "Village" level wines which is also much more affordable. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has sour cherries, some black cherries and thyme. Light tannins. On the palate, cherry, licorice and spice. Great texture. Delicious. Nice on its own but better with food. Nice finish. This is Grenache but it is different than most with a bit of a "Pinot" profile to it as well. Drink over the ne
This is a white from the Albillo Reale grape which is an indigenous grape to Gredos. I had the 2016 five years ago while visiting the winery in the mountains west of Madrid. This bottle was found at the Barcelona Wine Bar in Charlotte NC. Golden in color, a bit cloudy. The nose has minerals, saline, beeswax and slight thyme note. Creamy texture.
From one of the more interesting vineyard areas anywhere, just to the west of Madrid and at around 3,000 feet in altitude with sandy soils over granite, come some of the more interesting Garnacha (Grenache) wines to be found. This one is amazing. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. Great nose with cherries, cranberries, but also black raspberries and blueberries with baking spices, slight floral note (rose hips?) and slight earthiness/fresh mushrooms. Full bodied. Great energy and balance. On the palate, black cherries with some black raspberries with underlyi
From the mountains, just east of Madrid comes this old vine, high altitude Garnacha that is unlike any that I have tried from elsewhere in the world. It is 98% Garnacha and 2% Cariñena. The vines are 90 years old. It is very pretty in the glass. Light but intense ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has candied cherries, with underlying char and great minerality. With air a touch of pine and salinity shows up. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Very concentrated. The candied cherries are there but also a fresh cherry quality. Underlying char and minerals. Great energy wit
Brought back from a visit a couple of years ago. This is 90% Garnacha and 10 percent Morate. The wines of Gredos posit a unique take on Grenache and this is no exception. This is a great value and can be found under $20 and closer to $15 at times. Deep ruby in color. The nose has nice cherries with some salinity and a bit of minerality. Clean. On the palate, bright cherries over minerals with some salinity. Medium bodied. Some depth. Nice finish. A bit of acidity but enough. This will work with lighter foods and fowl. Great with stews. It is drinking well but probably has anot
Some wines are special for more than what's in the bottle. Such is this bottle. My wife and I visited the Gredos are just west of Madrid, Spain and few years ago and were blow away by the beauty, the quality of wine and the people making it in an area that I had never heard of prior to planning the trip. These are very old, high altitude vineyards on sandy soils growing Grenache which is being made by a whole new group of young winemakers. And the wines are just a unique. This is Garnacha but unlike any from other locations. Very light garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose is i
A really interesting wine. We visited the winery in Gredos and brought this back. Gredos is about 35 minutes west of Madrid and the vineyards are old, planted on sandy soils at high altitudes in windy conditions. Albillo Real is the traditional white grape used in the area (most of the wines are Garnacha). Deep gold in color. The nose is nice withcrushed shells, herbal notes of wintergreen and thyme, and minerals. On the palate, those carry thru. Slight peach as well. Medium bodied. Slightly oily in texture. Served with a Morrocan spiced Carrot Salad, this worked quite well. Nice