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Acentor Garnacha, Calatayud
Acentor Garnacha, Calatayud
Acentor Garnacha, Calatayud

2014 Acentor Garnacha, Calatayud

Variety
Variety
Grenache
Vintage
Vintage
2014
Style
Style
Spicy
Region / Country
Region / Country
Calatayud, Spain
This Garnacha gets its complexity from old vines, which yield smaller, more concentrated fruit, and a colder climate, which develops tannins in the grapes.
$13.00 / each
Member Price: $11.70
This product is currently sold out in our wine shop but may be available in one of our gift packs.
Inside Story
Known as Grenache in France, the Garnacha grape yields supple, spicy reds loaded with deep red and black fruit flavors. It’s among the most widely planted grapes in Spain, where the best examples come from old vines planted in lean soils that keep the vines’ natural vigor in check. This example comes from Calatayud, a high plain in northeastern Spain’s Aragon region. Encircled by mountains to the south and west, Calatayud boasts minerally slate and clay soils and an ideal climate—hot days, cool nights and cold winters—that yield exceptional Garnacha wines.
Acentor Garnacha comes from hand-picked vines more than a half-century old planted at an elevation that ranges from 2,500 to nearly 3,300 feet above sea level. It’s a new wine from famed winemaker Isaac Fernandez, one of Spain’s most acclaimed young wine talents. Fernandez makes small lots of well-regarded wines from old vines all over Spain, including cuvées from long-famous regions such as Rioja and Ribera del Duero. But he’s just as excited about bringing wines from lesser-known regions such as Calatayud to international attention. He named this wine for a species of local bird in Aragon who love perfectly ripe Garnacha grapes as much as Fernandez does.
In the Glass
There’s a spicy, lightly peppery edge to this Garnacha’s bright, plummy aromas. Fernandez ages the wine for just four months in oak, which helps soften the wine without adding oaky flavors. In the mouth it’s juicy and energetic, with bright raspberry and blueberry fruit edged in notes of spice, violets and orange peel.
At the Table
This is a terrific red for medium-intensity meat dishes. Pork and feathered game, such as duck, goose, quail and squab, make ideal choices, as does rabbit. A meaty paella containing sausage and chicken would also work beautifully. The wine can handle a bit of spice, as from paprika and other mild peppers, and is a delicious accompaniment to braises and stews.

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