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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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    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.

    WWH131548_2012 Item# 136037