Bodegas San Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud las Rocas Viñas Viejas 2008
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.
Dark ruby red in color with tinges of brown. Bold, almost sweet nose with raspberries, smokiness, and perhaps tobacco. Tight but not rough tannins meet the tongue, along with tart cherry, spice, and some oaky character that I couldn't identify. The tannins fell out after a short time, leading to a long, smooth finish.
juicy dark berry fruit characteristics with a bit of black pepper and spice on the finish. big bodied, smooth and easy drinking.
This is always a solid value. The 2008 is no different. This is a medium bodied wine with lots of fruit and leather. It is simply an easy wine to drink.
Dark ruby red with hints of brown. The nose was bold: sweet raspberries, tobacco, smoke, and pepper. Tight tannins, but not rough on the palate. Medium-bodied wine whose tannins seemed to fade out after a few seconds, revealing tart cherry and spices.
I started off looking for a nice red wine for a friend of mine that likes wines from the Southern Rhone (both heavily Shiraz and heavily Grenache based). This was quite literally the first one that I picked up off the shelf. He's looking for drinkable value wines, and the price for this one was right. The wine has a wonderful spicy (peppery) aroma and taste, and can be explored past that for some red and black fruits. The tannin is soft, and the wine is medium bodied and a pleasure to drink even by itself. This will be one of the choices that I recommend on - no matter what else I find!
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Bodegas San Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud las Rocas Viñas Viejas
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.
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.
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.
This is the second vintage for the ambitious project of importer Eric Solomon, who discovered these ancient high altitude Grenache vineyards (70ndash;100 years old), and brand named his offerings Las Rocas. The 2003 Grenache has just been released, and itrsquo;s another winner. Moreover at $8 a bottle, itrsquo;s a steal. Aromas of sweet black cherries, raspberries, pepper, and loamy soil soar from the glass of this medium-bodied, surprisingly elegant, personality-filled red. Soft tannin and good depth suggest drinking over the next 1ndash;3 years is warranted.
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.
Deep ruby. Rich kirsch and blackberry aromas are complicated by mocha and licorice. Smoky dark berry aromas pack serious punch and are supported by suave tannins. Finishes clean, lively and persistent. As usual, this is a great bargain.
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 3ndash;4 years, possibly longer.
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Opaque purple colour. Fruits of the forest and mineral bouquets. It has a splendid perfume of spices, lavender, kirsch and blueberry. Complex, with a great texture and a very rich & long finish.
Notes: 60% american barrel, 40% french barrel
|Sugar: 0.9 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 0.62 grams per liter|
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