Garnacha de Fuego 2006
The best vineyards of Calatayud are situation high on the hillsides 3000 feet above sea level where despite the poor, gravely soil the old gnarled vines produce the finest grapes possible in this arid desolate region. Only the ripest clusters are chosen. Thus producing a wine of considerable depth and finesse. The vine exudes intense aromas of sweet cherries adn dark plums with an exotic spicy finish reminiscent of white pepper.
Nice fruit on the nose, very dark fruit, slight tobacco and leather with a very smoky finish. Interesting but not my favorite. I like the label more than I like the wine.
Great wine with bright flavor, with hints of berry and cherry--has a sharp finish. Enjoyable drink with unique flavor & clean, sharp finish.
Nose doesn't give away much, Fruit here is masked by green tannins and burnt oak on palate. Taste is thin, hollow on the mid and ends with a bitter astringent finish. Unsatisfying
One of my all-time favorites. Real close to Venta La Ossa '05
External Reviews for Garnacha de Fuego
Bodegas Zabrin is a new project for importer Jorge Ordonez and the Gil family of Jumilla (whose value-priced wines have consistently received raves in this publication). A remarkable value, the 2005 Garnacha de Fuego is fashioned from a 60- to 80-year-old hillside vineyard planted at a relatively high altitude above 3,000 feet. It is hard to believe a $7 wine could possess so much flavor. Sweet raspberry and cherry fruit intermixed with loamy soil and spice aromas soar from the glass of this medium-bodied, richly fruity red that has never seen a hint of wood. Consume it over the next 2-3 years.
The grapes for this new project were sourced from 60- to 80-year-old vines whose already low yields were reduced an additional 70% by the weather conditions of the vintages. A glass-coating opaque purple, remarkably deep for a wine of this price made from Garnacha, the wine offers a nose of brooding black cherry and blueberry. Concentrated, ripe, and balanced on the palate, this flavorful, lengthy effort will drink well over the next four years. It is an outstanding value.
Inky purple color. Potent aromas of blackberry, blueberry, olive and violet; smells like a syrah, and a good one at that. Chewy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are framed by dusty tannins that give way to the fruit on the firm, focused back end. This represents incredible value.
Bright purple. Smoky blackberry and blueberry on the nose, with subtle spice and floral qualities adding interest. Fleshy and sweet, with deep dark berry preserve flavors, supple texture and bright mineral lift. More than simply a fruit bomb, but this wine's berry flavors are impressively forceful. Finishes with very good, spicy persistence and a lingering blueberry quality. A gift at the price.
Ruby-red. Pungent, mineral-tinged cherry and blackcurrant aromas accented by sweet mocha and espresso. Fresh, firm and energetic, with tangy red and dark berry flavors and an impression of solidity. Finishes spicy, sweet and long, with a lingering note of candied licorice. This offers rare complexity for the price.
Ripe raspberry, creamy vanilla and spicy licorice mingle in this exuberant red, which is alluring, plush but tender, structured more by acidity than tannins. Drink now through 2010.