Bulk Buy! This wine is off the charts on the flavor for the dollar scale.
100% Garnacha from Calatayud, Aragon, Spain. The wine spends two months in French oak barrels.
The Honoro Vera Garnacha has an SRP of $9 and is available for as low as $7 on Wine-Searcher. The wine is produced by Gil Family Estates and is imported by Opici Imports. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
The best vineyards of Calatayud are situated high on the hillsides, where, despite the poor gravelly soil, the old gnarled vines produce the finest grapes possible in this arid and desolate region. Only the ripest clusters are chosen, thus producing a wine of considerable depth and finesse. The wine exudes intense aromas of sweet cherries and dark plums with an exotic spicy finish reminiscent of white pepper.
As we've mentioned many times in the past, Garnacha from Spain is one of the very best values in the wine world today. With lots of old vines in places like the Calatayud and Carinena these bottles show a level of complexity way beyond their often tiny (sub-$12) price tag. Today we've got another shining example.
The 2013 Bodegas Ateca Honoro Vera Garnacha begins with a really beautiful nose of blackberry, blueberry, plum, baking spice, cola, licorice and more. The wow factor continues when tasting this super rich, super ripe wine full of dark berry fruit, lots of spice, some great earthy notes and plenty of minerality. It's at this point that you find yourself rechecking the price tag and thinking, "All this in a $7 wine??" The wine ends with a very satisfying culmination of spice and mineral notes on the dry, tart, lip-puckering finish. It's simply fantastic.
See a listing of local retailers selling the Honoro Vera Garnacha here.