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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas 2008
Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas 2008
(search item no. 108294)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $14.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine shows a deep ruby, almost purple color, with a spicy, rich cranberry bouquet. Its dark cherry flavors are highlighted by excellent structure and depth all supported by elegant oak. Round and full in the mouth, with supple tannins and a fruit-filled finish.
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About Las Rocas de San Alejandro:

Las Rocas de San Alejandro is located in the region of Calatayud, about 150 miles northeast of Madrid, and is centered around the rivers of Jiloca and Jalon. Although there are still few wineries in the zone, the ones which are beginning to show with their wines why this region is so special.

Although the D.O. is quite young, vines have been grown in the zone for some time. About one eighth of the vineyard land’s production has been bottled at one of Spain’s best and most progressive cooperatives, San Alejandro. With an abundance of amazing raw material, Eric Solomon was able to commission several bottlings of very old vine fruit into what has become one of the most sought-after estates in the portfolio. Calatayud benefits from a continental climate with vast temperature differences between night and day. Harvests are much later than in other parts of Aragon, and the acidity/maturity/alcohol ratios tend to be more balanced.

As most of the vineyards lie on what was (thousands of years ago) an old river basin, the soil is comprised of brown limestone and loam over slate and gypsum. This particular soil is also ideal for production of olives, cherries, and other fruits. Jean-Marc Lafage (of Domaine Lafage in France’s Roussillon) is responsible for the Las Rocas cuvees.