Vinedos Y Bodegas Pablo Menguante Garnacha 2008
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
Menguante Garnacha is produced from grapes that have been grown on 80 to 100 year old vines. The subdued dark fruit and mineral aromas carry into the lush, plum flavors with ripe chewy tannins. The persistent finish features balanced acidity and sweet fruit tannins. Serve at room temperature.
The Wine Advocate - "The purple-colored 2008 Menguante Garnacha was sourced from vines averaging 80 years of age and aged for 5 months in French oak. It sports an inviting nose of cedar, tobacco, cinnamon, clove, and cherry. On the palate it displays outstanding concentration, layers of savory fruit, and plenty of volume. It has the structure to evolve for 1-2 years but is approachable now. It is a great value. "
Vinedos Y Bodegas Pablo Winery
Vinedos y Bodegas Pablo is a family owned bodega located in Almonacid de la Sierra in the Cari?ena region. The Pablo family has a long wine making tradition in the region and uses indigenous grapes from their own vineyards, which are located at the foothills of Sierra del Moncayo. Additionally, they have been dedicated to the methods of biodynamic farming and viticulture for many years. No herbicides or chemicals of any kind are used in the vineyards.
The origin of the bodega goes back to the XVIII century. Antonio Hernandez founded the bodega in 1760 when he hand-carved an underground cellar, which still exists today. The present generation, Jos? Pablo Casao and his sisters, constructed their present state-of-the-art bodega over the former one. The Pablo family implements cutting edge technologies in this modern facility. Their objective is to transmit the essence of the land and the unique flavor of the indigenous grapes to their wines.
One of the best assets of the Pablo family is their vineyards. With a range of vines that average from 30 years old to up to 100 years old, the Pablo family has always been conscious of the local clones and has maintained the indigenous varietals, consisting mostly of Garnacha and the unique Vidadillo grape. There are also some international varietals planted in different younger vineyards which complement the native varietals. View all Vinedos Y Bodegas Pablo Wines
About Ribera del DueroView a map of Ribera del Duero wineries (rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh)
Notable FactsThe wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red – white wines here are not exported or revered. The reds come primarily from a variation of Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais in this region. Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used, but not so often. The best wines of the area are refreshing yet sturdy and complex, with an ability to age and mature gracefully.
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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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.