Lo Brujo Calatayud Garnacha
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Region: Calatayud, Spain
Grape Varieties: 100% Garnacha
Lo Brujo Calatayud Garnacha has an expressive bouquet of brambly blackberry, cherry, red currant, and a healthy dose of spice, in particular black pepper.
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About Lo Brujo Calatayud Garnacha
Lo Brujo Calatayud Garnacha comes from old vine fruit in the rolling red hills of Calatayud. Sustainably farmed fruit comes into the cellar for a natural fermentation in stainless steel, naturally settles in the cold winter, and is aged for 9 months in the bottle before release. It has an expressive bouquet of brambly blackberry, black cherry, red currant, and a healthy dose of spice, in particular black pepper. In the mouth, it is full of concentrated berry flavors, lovely spiciness, and a strong yet well-balanced underline of minerality.
About Bodegas Virgen de la Sierra
Some co-ops are better than others. When old vines and a talented winemaker come together, the results can be extraordinary values. OK, so maybe Bodegas Virgen de la Sierra is not Produttori del Barbaresco but perhaps it is a Spanish version of Caves des Estezargues, the great southern Rhone co-op whose wines fill the bottles of many a private label. Located in the small town of Villarroya de la Sierra, the talented Manuel Castro unites farmers of predominately small plots of old bush vine plantations (some over 100 years old!) with traditional winemaking in large concrete tanks. All practices in the vineyards and the bodega are sustainable and the resulting wines are of exceptional value.
Garnacha (Grenache) is a red wine grape variety grown extensively in France, Spain, Australia, and the United States. It is particularly versatile both in the vineyard and the winery, which may explain why it is one of the most widely distributed grapes in the world. Grenache is the French (and most internationally recognized) name for the grape, but it has a number of synonyms.
In Spain, Garnacha is the second most-planted red-wine grape variety, surpassed only by its modern blending partner Tempranillo. It is grown in almost every area of Spain, but most notably in the north and east – it is the key constituent in the prestigious wines of Priorat.
The arrival of the grapevine pest phylloxera to the Iberian Peninsula in the 19th Century brought unexpected benefits to Garnacha. The native vines were devastated (Rioja was particularly badly affected) it was robust Garnacha that replenished the vineyards and helped to re-energize the wine industry.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Grenache’s status was reduced, but it survived efforts to eradicate it, returning to international favor in the 21st Century. Emerging wine-producing nations such as China, Mexico, and Israel are now cultivating the grape variety.