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Vega Sindoa El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa 2005

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

The 1998 El Chaparral, the second vintage of this sensational old vine Grenache (60-100 year old vines), is once again a hedonist's dream. This inexpensive, dark ruby-colored offering is loaded with kirsch, pepper, and spice as well as lusty levels of glycerin. Additionally, it has sufficient underlying acidity to give vibrancy and freshness. Think of this fleshy, meaty Grenache as Spain's answer to France's Gigondas. Drink it over the next 2 years.

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Region: Spain » Navarra

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Winery: Vega Sindoa
Color: Red
Varietal: Grenache
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External Reviews for Vega Sindoa El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 1998 El Chaparral, the second vintage of this sensational old vine Grenache (60-100 year old vines), is once again a hedonist's dream. This inexpensive, dark ruby-colored offering is loaded with kirsch, pepper, and spice as well as lusty levels of glycerin. Additionally, it has sufficient underlying acidity to give vibrancy and freshness. Think of this fleshy, meaty Grenache as Spain's answer to France's Gigondas. Drink it over the next 2 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

This round, supple red is chock-filled of cherry, berry and light herb flavors. Clean and balanced, with just enough grip for food. A textbook example of the varietal in a light style. Drink now through 2002.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The star of Bodegas Nekeas is the 1997 El Chaparral Old Vines, which is made from 25 parcels of old vine Grenache. It tastes like an excellent Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and even though they can be terrific values, a Châteauneuf-du-Pape of this quality would sell for $20-$30 a bottle. The dark ruby/purple-colored El Chaparral Old Vine boasts a knock-out nose of black raspberries, kirsch, spice and pepper. In the mouth, the wine is expansive, round and lush, with a single pain grillé note in the background. It is an authoritatively-flavored, rich, chewy, velvety-textured, old vine Grenache that should drink well for 5-7 years. The younger Grenache vines for this cuvee were 60 years old, and the oldest in excess of 100 years. Readers should be buying this wine by the truck-full - it's that good!


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The deep ruby-colored 2000 El Chaparral reveals a pronounced Grenache perfume of cherry liqueur intermixed with raspberries and pepper. There is terrific fruit on the attack as well as medium body, and admirable elegance/finesse for such an inexpensive wine. Enjoy this soft red over the next 1-2 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Picked from 60-100 year old Grenache vines, this Spanish red is Rhône in style. Medium-bodied and luxurious; the thick red and black fruits give way to a lively peppery note. The finish is warm and earthy, with the essence of freshly cut herbs. A very full and giving wine, it feels like a cozy blanket on a cold night, and will definitely warm you up.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Medium cherry-red. Pungent aromas of red cherry and spicy oak. Juicy, intensely flavored and stylish, with well-delineated red berry flavors. Nicely restrained and pure. Finishes with light but firm tannins and subtle persistence.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The old vine Grenache (60-100 years) cuvée, the 2005 Vega Sindoa El Chaparral was aged on its lees for five months, and given a light filtration. It possesses a dark ruby color, crisp acidity, notes of raspberries and cherries, and beautiful texture, elegance, and finesse. Reminiscent of a high-class Pinot Noir, this delicate yet flavorful red should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.


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