Spanish Garnacha from vines at least 60 years old for just 12 bucks, the El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa.
Sample submitted for review. The El Chaparral Old Vines Garnacha from Bodegas Nekeas has an SRP of $14 and is available for as low as $12. A Jorge Ordonez Selection. Imported by Winebow. 5,000 cases produced.
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.
The 2016 El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa Old Vines Garnacha opens with a very pleasing aroma of ripe black cherry, blackberry, raspberry and plum plus nice touches of licorice, coffee and anise. The wine tastes juicy and delicious and features similar flavors to the nose with some nice balsamic notes. Dusty tannins lead into the dry, very long, slightly grippy finish featuring more coffee, a hint of an earthy streak and long-lasting tart berry fruit.
This is great stuff. I love finding old vine values like this and more often than not Spain is the place they come from!
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