2018 Bodegas Maranones Pena CaballeraGrenache / Garnacha from Spain
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Peña Caballera is a single, 1.5 hectare, north-facing vineyard of 50–70 year old Garnacha planted at an elevation of 850m. Part of the site is composed of sandy granite, which ...
- 96+ Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
96+ Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The top red is the single-vineyard Garnacha 2018 Peña Caballera, from a slow-ripening, cooler and wetter year that delivered very juicy wines with structure, tension, complexity and depth. This comes from a 1.5-hectare plot in the "paraje" that names the wine, planted with 50- to 70-year-old vines on a north-facing slope at 850 meters in altitude on sandy granite soils that are organically farmed. The whole clusters fermented in a 3,300-liter oak vat with indigenous yeasts. After pressing, the wine matured in a 1,500-liter oak foudre followed by five months in concrete before it was bottled. This is incredibly floral and stony at the same time. It's aromatic but has a certain austerity and seriousness. The austerity is more noticeable on the palate, with very fine and chalky tannins, a little more backward than the 2016 at the time and I believe with huge aging potential. It has structure but feels ethereal. 1,993 bottles and 18 magnums produced. It was bottled in June 2020.
Peña Caballera is a single, 1.5 hectare, north-facing vineyard of 50–70 year old Garnacha planted at an elevation of 850m. Part of the site is composed of sandy granite, which gradually gives way to schist. Expressing a more mountain-character than the other Garnachas from Bodega Marañones, Fernando considers this site to be his Grand Cru.
|Region||Castilla La Mancha|
96+ - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Grenache / Garnacha|
|Taste||black currant, blackberry, dust and leather|
|Nose||vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit and red fruit|