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Bodegas Nekeas El Chaparral Old Vines Garnacha 2015

Grenache from Navarra, Spain
  • RP90
14.5% ABV
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Located in the village of Anorbe, the vineyards of El Chaparral define the border between the grape growing areas in the valley of Nekeas and the native forests of small oak trees, locally known as chaparro. The Garnacha vines in these plots are at least 60 years old. The age of the vines, the particular microclimate and the condition of the soil create a very elegant wine with extravagant varietal aromas.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Always a favorite of mine, the 2015 Vega Sindoa El Chaparral Old Vines Garnacha is a herbal, spicy and balsamic expression of the grape. It's produced with fruit from old vines and it's ripe without excess, quite round and sleek in this dry and warm year, and nicely integrated oak from its five to six months in barrique.
Rating: 90+
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Just north of Spain’s famous Rioja region, Navarra excels in the production of full and fruit-dominant reds and good quality, dry rosés. Garnacha holds most of the land under vine, with Tempranillo coming in second place.

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.

STC364608_2015 Item# 355044