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Bodegas San Alejandro Baltasar Gracián Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada 2005

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Bodegas San Alejandro is a co-operative with 1200 hectares of vineyard in Calatayud, 87 km southwest of Zaragoz in Aragon. The vineyards and long growing season in this area attracted French consultant Jean-Michel Lafage and his team (of Ch St Roch) and they were so impressed by the quality of the fruit coming into this co-op from its 350 growers, that they decided to develop their own brand, Las Rocas. The quality of their Garnacha is particularly high here and accounts for over 50% of their production. This 100% Garnacha is deep ruby in colour with spicy blueberry perfumes on the nose giving way to a rich, supple palate with intense blueberry and blackberry fruit characters. The oak rounds out the fruit, and gives the wine a delicious vanilla and cinnamon edge.

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BODEGAS SAN ALEJANDRO it is a cooperative founded in 1962, formed nowadays by 350 associates and 1100 hectares with a total average production of 4.600.000 Kilos. It is located in Miedes, place of the province of Saragossa placed to 88 km from the capital, in the valley of the Perejiles, to 758 m. of altitude and with a population of 530 inhabitants. Belonging to the community of Calatayud f... Read more
BODEGAS SAN ALEJANDRO it is a cooperative founded in 1962, formed nowadays by 350 associates and 1100 hectares with a total average production of 4.600.000 Kilos. It is located in Miedes, place of the province of Saragossa placed to 88 km from the capital, in the valley of the Perejiles, to 758 m. of altitude and with a population of 530 inhabitants. Belonging to the community of Calatayud from the re-conquest of Alfonso I until 1834. At the centre of its urban neighbourhood rises the church of San Pedro Apóstol made in the mudejar style, which it lies next to the exceptional communal Tower in the gothic style and built using cut-stone masonry. At the beginning of the 17th century, the mudejar-style Convent of the Reverendas Concepcionistas Franciscanas was built, where the remainders of San Alejandro currently remain in honour of whom the main town festivities are held from the 12th to the 16th of May. Read less
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Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
02/05/2008

muted flavors. nothing special. decent QPR though. robert parker 90 pts..nah. Opened up nicely after a while and became nice and viscous...but it's not a 90 pt wine.


Snooth User: dbhonig
283711,150
0.00 5
02/15/2009

from [URL=http://2daysperbottle.blogspot.com]2 Days per Bottle[/URL].The color is very dark purple-tinged crimson, but slightly translucent.The first impression on the nose is fruit and spice, and lots of both. It takes a little longer to separate them out. Cherries, cranberries, and dried orange peel are the fruit. Pepper leads the spice, but there is something else there, too. It's sage. The last smell on the nose is a very light background, adding nutty richness more than the clear smell, of hazelnut liqueur.Oh gosh that interesting. Give me a minute. The palate is not as sweet as the nose. The fruit is cranberry juice and orange peel, with very little of the cherry from the nose. A little bit of charred meat, plenty of black pepper and toasted pecans make up the mid-palate. Sour cherries and cranberries appear, and then linger for a long time, on the finish, ending with a surprising aftertaste of red licorice. Tannins are very smooth.It will be interesting to see if some of the unsweetened-cranberry bitterness fades from Night One to Night Two. Join me and we will find out together.Night TwoMissed it. Sorry, I had a National Championship football game to watch, and my mighty Gators won it all! By Night Three, though, it was over the hill, slightly oxidized, and I can not fairly rate it.


Snooth User: Bsberlin22
1020034731
4.00 5
05/03/2012

Great smooth bottle of wine. I enjoyed this bottle a lot!


Snooth User: wolszczak
79337499
3.50 5
09/07/2008

2002 vintage was ranked 91 by Robert Parker. Color:rubin mixed with violet.Aroma: full of warm fruits.


Snooth User: Wine Unfiltered
75759311
3.00 5
04/10/2009

Nice and friendly. Definite kirsch and berry with very subtle leather. Would be elevated to an even better wine if put down for a year.


Snooth User: rwb5150
107405198
3.00 5
01/01/2009

Very solid buy, and fairly easy to find in most wine stores that have a decent Spanish wine selection. This is an intense wine. Very aromatic. Ripe berries, mocha and earth, gravel, and probably a number of other undertones that are there to be discovered, give it a great nose. Full-bodied, but not jammy, it has precision and complexity at an amazing price. I love to pull this one out for guests.


Snooth User: veeownyeah
115951169
4.00 5
01/03/2009

Old reliable. Leather, plum and faint barnyard aromas with deep, dark fruit flavours that get better as the bottle is emptied.


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01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewThe unoaked 2005 Las Rocas Garnacha is sourced from low yielding vineyards ranging in age from 70-100 years. It gives up attractive aromas of kirsch, raspberries, pepper, and damp earth. This is followed by a broad, full-flavored wine with a supple texture and no hard edges. Drink this pleasure-packed wine over the next 2-3 years. Drink 2007 - 2010.



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Bodegas San Alejandro is a co-operative with 1200 hectares of vineyard in Calatayud, 87 km southwest of Zaragoz in Aragon. The vineyards and long growing season in this area attracted French consultant Jean-Michel Lafage and his team (of Ch St Roch) and they were so impressed by the quality of the fruit coming into this co-op from its 350 growers, that they decided to develop their own brand, Las Rocas. The quality of their Garnacha is particularly high here and accounts for over 50% of their production. This 100% Garnacha is deep ruby in colour with spicy blueberry perfumes on the nose giving way to a rich, supple palate with intense blueberry and blackberry fruit characters. The oak rounds out the fruit, and gives the wine a delicious vanilla and cinnamon edge.

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