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Bodegas Pago de Ayles El Burro Kickass Garnacha 2012

Grenache from Navarra, Spain
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    Winemaker Notes

    Vivid purple with bright red rim. Nose of raspberry, cherry fruit with earthy notes of spice, leather, vanilla and mocha. A full bodied with fine, soft tannins and well balanced acidity. Raspberry and wild berry fruits give way to a long, smooth, spicy finish.

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    Bodegas Pago de Ayles, Navarra, Spain
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    Winemakers: Jorge Navascues & Norrel Robertson, MW
    Norrel Robertson, MW is a Scotsman living in Calatayud, Spain where he's known locally as "El Escocés Volante" (The Flying Scotsman). He has worked in every aspect of winery operations in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. He studied Post Graduate Viticulture and Oenology in New Zealand and is the only Master of Wine based in Spain.

    Cariñena, the largest and oldest of the Aragonese DOs, was one of Spain's earliest areas to be demarcated, in 1932. It has given its name to the grape of the same name, called the Mazuelo elsewhere in northern Spain and the Carignan in France.

    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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    Full-bodied but light in both color and tannin, Grenache loves the sun. It thrives in hot climates where it can easily achieve full ripeness. Grenache is best known in the Southern Rhône, where its plush texture and ample alcohol are tamed by savory Syrah and structured Mourvèdre, most notably in Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Grenache originates in Spain, where it is known as Garnacha and is important throughout the country, particularly in Rioja, where it is blended with the more austere Tempranillo, and in Priorat in tandem with savory Cariñena (Carignan). It is also responsible for dry, fruity rosés in Navarra. In Sardinia, the variety is known as Cannonau and produces bold, rustic reds. In California, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and playing a supporting role in Rhône-style blends.

    In the Glass

    In sufficiently warm conditions, Grenache produces smooth and generous wines that are loaded with red fruit flavors ranging from strawberry to cherry to dark berry. Richer examples can also show plum, chocolate, and 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. With its uncomplicated, friendly nature, Grenache is the ultimate barbecue red, pairing happily with lamb loin chops or spicy Italian sausages. Unlike most other full-bodied reds, Grenache’s low tannin level ensures that it will not be fazed by a good chili kick.

    Sommelier Secret

    Sardinia’s Cannonau is often revered for its association with a long, healthy life. Residents of the Italian island often live well into their 90s and beyond, and they credit this antioxidant-rich wine—along with their healthy Mediterranean diet—for their impressive longevity.

    WWH131548_2012 Item# 136037