2019 Vinos Aurelio Garcia Alto De La Cruz GarnachaGrenache / Garnacha from Spain
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In 2015, Aurelio & Micaela began leasing just over 5 Ha. of vines in the limits of D.O. Cebreros, in the province of Ávila in the famous Sierra de Gredos to the northeast o...
- 91 Wine Advocate - Wine Advocate
91 Wine Advocate - Wine Advocate
There is good freshness and balance in the 2019 Alto de la Cruz, which was produced from selected plots in the paraje El Sotillo in Navatalgordo, a place surrounded by trees and local vegetation. It shows an herbal and wild character, with notes of wild berries and herbs and contained ripe fruit (it's 14.42% alcohol). It comes through as balanced and fresh, with focused flavors and a long, dry finish and some fine-grained tannins with the granite texture. 1,627 bottles were filled in March 2021.
In 2015, Aurelio & Micaela began leasing just over 5 Ha. of vines in the limits of D.O. Cebreros, in the province of Ávila in the famous Sierra de Gredos to the northeast of Madrid. As of 2022, Aurelio & Micaela rent and farm just over 8 Ha. of vineyards and produce just over 14,000 bottles. The two have ambitions to build a small winery in the appellation near their vineyards, but as of 2022, grapes from the vineyards they farm are vinified in the Micaela Rubio winery in La Alberca de Záncara in the province of Cuenca, which is why the wines are labeled without D.O. Cebreros. The vineyards are located in the Valley of the Alberche River, primarily in the villages of Navatalgordo, Villanueva de Ávila, with a small amount of vineyard holdings in Burgohondo. This is one of the highest altitude (1000-1100M) and coolest zones for the cultivation of Garnacha in Spain. The mountain terrain, combined with mass-emigration from the countryside surrounding Madrid has resulted in the abandonment of old vineyard, and a lack of new plantings. This has resulted in a tremendous diversity of tiny old parcels of Garnacha & Albillo Real. Many of these vineyards are planted on steep slopes and soils that are granitic sands, resulting from the decomposition of the granite mother rock. Given the cool climate, high altitude, and granite soils, the expression of Garnacha in this area is hauntingly Burgundian, producing pale and ethereal expression of Garnacha with grainy tannins, high acidity, and a bright red fruit character.
|Region||Spain Table Wines|
|Sub-Region||Spanish Red Wine|
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|Varietal(s)||Grenache / Garnacha|
|Taste||black currant, blackberry, dust and leather|
|Nose||vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit and red fruit|