Vizcarra Garnacha<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Garnacha plantings represent less than 2% of all vines in Ribera del Duero, so this monovarietal expression is unprecedented for the area, and speaks to Vizcarra’s commitment to elevating the conversation about this iconic region’s continued potential. His insistence on gravity-fed winemaking lets the limestone terroir shine through, making for an elegant and pure Garnacha despite the extreme climate of Ribera del Duero.
RATING HISTORY:2021 95 T Atkin; 2019 94 TA; 2018 94 TA, 92 WA; 2017 90 WA; 2016 91WA, 92VM, 90WS; 2014 92VM
GRAPE:100% Garnacha. Vines planted in 2000. Tended in limestone and clay soil at 849 m (2,875 ft) elevation
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:The lush red fruit and spice notes of Vizcarra Garnacha are an excellent match with grilled meats of all kinds. Pork secreto, lamb chops with rosemary and garlic, or a rotisserie leg of lamb would all be wonderful pairs.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Gravity is a critical component in Juan Carlos's winemaking. The philosophy is always bent toward elegance and gentle extraction. Fermentation takes place in concrete tanks and malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is aged for 14 months in 400L used French and American oak barrel.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:This is a 1.5 ha parcel located in the town of Mambrilla de Castrejón, at 849 meters (2,785 ft.) elevation within the northern central area of the Ribera del Duero DO in the province of Burgos in Castilla y León. The vineyard's topsoil is composed of clay and limestone and the subsoil is gravel. The area's climate has an average temperature from April-October of 60.5F and the average annual rainfall is 18.9 inches. An extreme Continental climate, with cool nights and hot days with moderately low rainfall, provides a longer ripening period, and results in wines with greater complexity and more expressive, intense aromas. Harvest usually begins the first week of October and ends by mid-month.
TASTING NOTES:Lurid ruby-red. Sexy, expansive aromas of ripe red fruits, coconut and candied flowers pick up a smoky topnote with air. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense raspberry, cherry and mocha flavors that are firmed by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows excellent clarity and spicy thrust on the clinging finish, which is framed by supple, even tannins. Aged in a 50/50 combination of new and used French and American oak. -- Josh Raynolds
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1.4 lbs (.67 kg)
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