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Bodegas Aragonesas Coto de Hayas Garnacha Centenaria 2011

Grenache from Spain
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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This wine is a blend from three different vineyards whose origins go back to the beginning of the 20th Century, with a total of 5500 vines.

Critical Acclaim

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This fleshy red delivers a rich core of blackberry and blueberry compote, accented by toasty vanilla, sweet licorice and cinnamon spice. Well-integrated tannins give this backbone. A bold, modern style. Drink now through 2017. 2,000 cases imported. –TM
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Bodegas Aragonesas

Bodegas Aragonesas

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Bodegas Aragonesas, Spain
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Bodegas Aragonesas is part of the Campo de Borja appellation, its vineyards located in the foothills of the Iberian Mountain Range, in the northern part of the province of Zaragoza. All this area, which includes the Iberian Mountain Range foothills and the high valley of the Ebro river is a privileged area for growing vineyards, both for the quality of the soil and its climate.

The Bodegas Aragonesas vineyards occupy an area of 3,500 hectares, with a height of between 450 and 500 metres. This area, cultivated by wine growers from the towns of Magallón and Fuendejalón, produces 12 million kilograms of grapes, with a predominance of the Garnacha variety. This is the best asset of Bodegas Aragonesas: this combination of plots makes up for something absolutely unique in terms of the age and quantity of vines put together under the same project. The fermentations and aging are carried out in a large wine cellar with capacity for 1.5 million litres a year, 65% of the entire Campo de Borja production.

Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

Grenache

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Enjoying great glory across a variety of appellations, Grenache thrives in any warm, Mediterranean climate where ample sunlight allows its clusters to achieve full phenolic ripeness. The grape typically produces full-bodied reds interestingly light in both color and tannins. While it can make a charmingly complex single varietal wine, it also lends well to blending. Grenache's birthplace is Spain (there called Garnacha) where it remains important, particularly in Priorat where winemakers enjoy great liberties in blending Grenache with other varieties. Today it might be most well associated with the red blends of the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and its Villages. The Italian island of Sardinia produces bold, rustic Grenache (there called Cannonau) whereas in California, Washington and Australia, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and in blends.

In the Glass

In sufficiently warm conditions, Grenache produces smooth and generous wines that are loaded with strawberry, cherry blackberry, purple plum and in the richest examples, even cocoa, black tea or licorice.

Perfect Pairings

Despite its bold flavors, Grenache has very mild-mannered tannins, which makes it eminently quaffable on its own, yet easy to match with food. Because of its friendly nature, Grenache is the ultimate barbecue red, pairing happily with lamb chops, pork loin or tri-tip. Unlike most other full-bodied reds, Grenache’s low tannin level ensures that it will not easily be fazed by a bit of spice.

Sommelier Secret

Sardinia is often revered for its association with a long and healthy life. Residents of the Italian island often live well into their 90s and beyond, crediting this to their antioxidant-rich red wines, like Cannonau, along with their healthy Mediterranean diet.

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