This Garnacha is sourced exclusively from 70-year-old vines on the estate's "La Cantera" vineyard, which sits at an altitude of 1,500 feet. "La Cantera" translates as "quarry," referring to the vineyard's poor, rocky soil. Only old-vine Garnacha, whose roots run deep and which produce very low yields, seems able to thrive in this arid terrain. The grapes are hand-picked at optimal ripeness, fermented in stainless steel, and then aged for six months in second-passage oak.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby-red in color with violet reflections, this wine offers fresh aromas of blackberries, plums, a hint of violets and toasted oak. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with brisk acidity, with a silky texture, perfect balance and long length.

Food Pairing

Pair with hearty stews, paella, and gazpacho(specifically Gazpacho Granadino).

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
The La Cantera vineyard
Vineyard size:
20 acres
Soil composition:
Limestone and clay
Training method:
Bush
Elevation:
1,452 feet
Vines/acre:
889
Yield/acre:
1.4 tons
Exposure:
Southern
Year vineyard planted:
1936
Harvest time:
October
First vintage of this wine:
2008
Bottles produced of this wine:
30,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
85% Garnacha and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
12 days
Fermentation temperature:
79 °F
Maceration technique:
Racking and Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
10 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
300 L
Age of aging container:
One year
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
6 months
Length of bottle aging:
6 months

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