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[91 pts Robert Parker] Las Rocas Vinas Viejas comes from high altitude low yielding 100+-year-old Grenache vines and ...Read more...
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Food Pairings for Bodegas San Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud las Rocas
100% Garnacha scents of tobacco and cherry dusty, tangy
This is a very solid bottle for the price. I little spicy w/ black cherry notes. Long finish.
Strong fruit and pepper, great price
Cherry and spice scented. Acidic taste.
I found the white pepper overwhelming. However, I enjoyed the long, gentle finish.
Great wine! Big rich fruit. Good value!
A pleasure to drink. Hard to find such a depth of flavors and sophistication at this price.
External Reviews for Bodegas San Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud las Rocas
100% Garnacha (Grenache) with even more fullness and depth in the dark ruby-colored fruit and spice than the outstanding 2002 vintage, in both body and flavor.
The 2002 Garnacha is fashioned from 75-year old Grenache vines planted on pure slate. Sixty percent was aged in tank, and 40% in neutral wood foudres. There are 20,000 cases of this offering, which may be the greatest wine value I have ever tasted. Deep ruby/purple-colored, with a gorgeous nose of kirsch liqueur intermixed with melted licorice and white flowers, this deep, medium to full-bodied, fruit-driven, sumptuously-textured 2002 is loaded. It should drink well for 3-4 years, possibly longer.
In the meantime, 2008 was a somewhat challenging vintage and, as a result, 60% of the juice meant for the old-vine cuvee went into the 2008 Las Rocas Garnacha. Purple colored, it delivers a smoky, spicy, black cherry perfume leading to a soft, easy-going, savory wine meant for drinking over the next 4 years. As usual, it is an excellent value. The Las Rocas brand was purchased by E. & J. Gallo from Eric Solomon, its creator and importer, in 2009. For the moment Solomon remains in charge of the selection but in the future production is certain to rise significantly. Hopefully the quality of the wine will remain unchanged.
Deep ruby in color, this is beautifully redolent of flowers, licorice, and pure cherry fruit. Cherries show up on the palate as well, as this densely textured, delicately structured wine carries through to a lush finish.
There are 18,000 cases of the delightful 2007 Las Rocas Garnacha, a wine sourced from Calatayud vineyards ranging in age from 70 to 100 years. Dark ruby in color, it delivers alluring aromas of spice box, mineral, cherry, and black raspberry. Layered on the palate, it has superb depth, succulent flavors, and a pure, lengthy finish. It will provide pleasure over the next three years.
The grapes for Las Rocas are sourced from high altitude 70- to 100-year-old Garnacha vineyards. The 2006 Las Rocas Garnacha is dark crimson-colored with an alluring nose of spice box, mineral, black cherry, and black raspberry. Smooth-textured, round, and with no hard edges, this tasty effort is designed for immediate gratification. This is one worth buying by the case.
90 Points - Wine Advocate"...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..."
[91 pts Robert Parker] Las Rocas Vinas 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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