100% Garnacha from Kingdom of Navarra, Spain. SRP of $8 and available at that price. Sample received courtesy Wines of Navarra for review purposes.
From the winemaker:
"San Martin de Unx, a village in the central Eastern part of Navarra, saw the birth of this winery in 1914 following the collaboration of a group of associates who today number 180 participants. The business started its life in the old Ilageres winery and, later in 2001, made a qualitative leap after the opening of new facilities. The native grape variety Garnacha, with an average age of 25 years, is grown in the winery's vineyards, of over 600 hectares.
To put it simply this wine is what happens if you plant explosives inside a jar of blackberry jam and stick it in your mouth. I tasted the 2010 Senorio De UNX Garnacha through a Wines of Navarra tasting event and it seemed to have a polarizing effect on the participants. A few liked it, but this was just too much of a blackberry bomb for me. Besides the blackberry the wine also exhibits an aroma of black cherry cola and sage. The wine tastes all blackberry with a bit of pepper and vanilla. The finish OK, but the blackberry jam just takes over. If you really like a huge fruit bomb, then this wine might just be for you.
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Overall Rating: 6.0
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