Terrific value wine. Fresh but not overpowering. Great with all kinds of food - especially cheese plate -- very versatile. If I could find this more reliably
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Viña Alarba Old Vine Garnacha
In the present age of the California wine glut, wines like the famous Two-Buck-Chuck (a $2 wine that tastes like a $3 wine, which, technically, makes it a bargain) have tended to obscure the fact that there are real, honest-to-goodness steals out there right now - like, for instance, this Spanish red wine of real class and character, a wine that not only tastes like wine, but tastes like wine made by actual people who live in a place with vineyards nearby. At $4.99, this is news that's really fit to print.
A plush red, showing generous black cherry and plum flavors, with smoke and sweet vanilla notes. Round tannins and gentle acidity keep it balanced. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now.
The 2001 Viña Alarba (a blend of 90% Garnacha and 10% Syrah) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color (because of the Syrah component). That is followed by sweet aromas of black raspberries and black currants, fine minerality, and good definition. No oak is utilized in the wine's upbringing. This excellent red competes with the finest Cotes du Rhone from France, at a fraction of the price. In short, there may not be a better $5 wine on the market. Enjoy it over the next several years. This is one of the most remarkable values in dry red wine in the marketplace. This cuvee is produced primarily from old vine Garnacha (Grenache) from hillside vineyards composed of clay and slate. Yields were a minuscule 1.25-2.5 tons per acre.
Grenache with a hint of Syrah make for a fruit bomb of plums, black cherry and raspberry fruit, while a dash of pepper on the finish adds structure.
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