Bodegas Silvano Garcia Vina Honda Crianza 2005
Other Red Blends from Jumilla, Spain
50% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Tempranillo
Jumilla is in the Southeast of Spain Between Valencia and Murcia. This warm region is known for making wonderfully rich and fleshy textured red wines.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Vina Honda Crianza is a blend of 50% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Tempranillo aged in cask for eight months. Purple-colored, it exhibits a complex aromatic array of cedar, tobacco, mineral, black cherry, and blueberry. Layered on the palate, it has tons of ripe fruit, plenty of spice notes, excellent balance, and a pure finish. It will continue to blossom over the next 2-3 years and offer prime drinking from 2010 to 2017. "
Bodegas Silvano Garcia Winery
This family estate was founded in 1925 and is now owned by Silvano Garcia, one of the youngest winemaker in Jumilla. The winery has Monastrell, Tempranillo, Syrah and Moscatel planted. View all Bodegas Silvano Garcia Wines
About JumillaView a map of Jumilla wineries (hue-MILL-ah)
Notable FactsThe grape Monestrell (known as Mourvedre in France) is making an impact here, taking up over 80% of the vineyard land and producing wines of dense fruit and spice character. It snagged the common partner syrah for blending, as well as the international grape, Merlot. Monestrell takes well to the flat vineyards and rocky soils that retain heat. The red wines from Jumilla are full-bodied wines with flavors of black fruits and plums. Rosés of the Monestrell grape are refreshing and fruity.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviews24/29/2010Fruit forward and juicy with sweet dark berry flavors. I can't put my finger on it but the mid-palate taste somewhat disjointed to me. There is a nice finish. I will cellar my other bottle for a year or so. Maybe it will get better.Sho Morimoto - Washington, DC43/24/2010A full-bodied, jammy red with an earthy aroma and blueberry flavor and a delicate finish, it's great to drink by itself!
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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