2012 Abadia De La Oliva Garnacha
"In 1134, King Garcia Ramirez requested the Cistercian monks' return to the south of Navarre, from Burgundy. In his offer, he granted lands at the banks of the river Aragon and at the gates of the Bardenas Reales desert, a region today known as Tres Riberas. The King provided the monks with what they needed for their development and expansion but the work to build the abbey, and winery, took considerably more time than it did to bottle the first vintage that very same year. From the outset in 1134, the monks made wine.
With 869 years of history, this is the oldest continuously operating winery in Spain. They grow their grapes on granitic and sandy soils, with a profound quantity of round river stone in the topsoil. They work naturally in both the vineyard and winery. Cement tanks are used for fermentation and aging primarily, with some stainless steel employed in the process.
Ample fruit, freshness and minerality all come to mind as you sip. The Garnacha from this property is unlike anything I’ve come across in Spain to date. It has the finesse of Pinot Noir yet the really complex powdery tannins one expects in well-grown Gamay from the Cru Beaujalois. I love the direct fruit and how serious it can be in moments, while being otherwise totally playful. Organic practices. Whole cluster fermentations in cement. 33 Ha of estate-grown vineyard. Winery is completely gravity fed." - Importer