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Bodegas San Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud las Rocas 2003

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

Put your seat belts on because the 2001 Garnacha Vinas Viejas (an old vine 100% Grenache cuvee), is prodigious! There are 10,000 cases of this offering (15% alcohol) from the estate's oldest, highest altitude vineyard (100-year old vines planted at 900 meters in 100% slate). It is aged 10% in new French oak and 90% in old barrels and demi-muids. My tasting notes simply read, "no one will believe how great this wine is." It is similar in style to the 2002, but more complex and richer, with greater texture, and a finish that goes on for 40 seconds. The opaque purple color is followed by a phenomenally rich wine that is pure kirsch mixed with blackberries and minerals. Will we ever see another wine this extraordinary for this price? One cannot bestow enough kudos on importer Eric Solomon for unearthing these treasures. The 2001 old vine Garnacha will age well for a decade, although it will undoubtedly be at its finest during its first 5-6 years of life. P.S. I asked a wine loving friend to taste this on the third day it had been opened. He went ga-ga, and said "what does this cost - $50?"

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Bodegas San Alejandro:
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

External Reviews for Bodegas San Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud las Rocas

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Put your seat belts on because the 2001 Garnacha Vinas Viejas (an old vine 100% Grenache cuvee), is prodigious! There are 10,000 cases of this offering (15% alcohol) from the estate's oldest, highest altitude vineyard (100-year old vines planted at 900 meters in 100% slate). It is aged 10% in new French oak and 90% in old barrels and demi-muids. My tasting notes simply read, "no one will believe how great this wine is." It is similar in style to the 2002, but more complex and richer, with greater texture, and a finish that goes on for 40 seconds. The opaque purple color is followed by a phenomenally rich wine that is pure kirsch mixed with blackberries and minerals. Will we ever see another wine this extraordinary for this price? One cannot bestow enough kudos on importer Eric Solomon for unearthing these treasures. The 2001 old vine Garnacha will age well for a decade, although it will undoubtedly be at its finest during its first 5-6 years of life. P.S. I asked a wine loving friend to taste this on the third day it had been opened. He went ga-ga, and said "what does this cost - $50?"


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Inky violet. Aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, iron and cracked pepper show excellent intensity and focus. Spicy, concentrated and deep, with fine, dusty tannins giving spine to, but not intruding on, the sweet dark fruit flavors. Finishes sweet, juicy and long, with a persistent blackberry quality.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2005 Las Rocas Vinyas Viejas comes from high altitude, low yielding, 100+-year-old Grenache vines and is aged in French and American oak. More aromatic than its sibling, it has a splendid perfume of spice box, lavender, kirsch, and blueberry. It is also a bit richer and longer in the finish. While it may evolve for 1-2 years, who could resist it now?




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