Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2009 Atteca "Old Vines" GARNACHA (Grenache) (Calatayud, Spain)

An excellent buy in a pure-tasting, very full-bodied but balanced red.

Rich, almost completely saturated black ruby/violet color.  Inviting, forceful aromas of tangy, ripe, oozing blackberries and raspberries over fragrant, dry, stony gravel notes.  Weighty and mouthfilling, this had very pure-tasting dark raspberry syrup fruit accented with smoky stoniness.  Not very complex but very satisfying.  Very full, but with good enough acids to carry it off.  A bit of tannin and a tad bit of heat on the finish, but I wouldn't age a wine this high in alcohol that long; drink within the next 18 months.  B+/A-.  Imported by Jorge Ordonez, this was about $12 at Spec's.

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