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In 1994, Pablo Eguzkiza and Telmo Rodríguez, along with a third oenologist, created a Garnacha from old bush vineyards in Navarra. The wine was called Alma (soul). This is how the business started, originally under the name of Compañía de Vinos de La Granja. The name was a declaration of intent: it made it clear that the company would be producing more wines in the future and contained a homage to La Granja, the famous glassworks, a centre of outstanding Spanish craftwork that has all but...
A stunning value. Fresh, lively, blackberry, cherry, earth and smoke aromas jump from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-hued rich, medium-bodied, supple-textured, luscious wine.
Supplier's vineyards with traditional viticulture. Only bush vine. Selection in vineyard. 100% hand picking.
Identified by the "g" imprinted on the label, it comes from the old name for a wild and rugged region of Toro, long famous as a source of strong wines and fierce bulls (Gago). No use of oak allows this vivid interpretation to show off the flavours of the Tempranillo grape. The vigorous character (a hint of baked earth) combined with the rich generosity of fruit is particularly good with red meat, game or with wild mushrooms.
Toro is known for its undulating terrain, its reddish soil and its beautiful stone formations. It is situated in remote Castille, where the Duero river meanders among canyons before entering Portugal as the Douro. At the end of the 1990s, Toro started to be discovered once again, mostly because the influence of nearby Ribera del Duero. Unlike the latter, the Toro area can draw on a wealth of old vineyards. Telmo and partner Pablo Eguzkiza are part of Toro's renaissance. The direct planting, without American rootstocks, allowed them to explore Tempranillo intimately in its purest expression. It's the continuation of a study that has been underway since the 1980s.
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The 2011 G Dehesa Gago eschews oak – the wine is just put in the tank and then racked. It has a straightforward bouquet of blueberry, red cherries and a touch of balsamic that is well-defined and “pert.” The palate is quite succulent and primal on the entry with lush blueberry and cassis notes. It offers a pleasing, grainy texture with that balsamic note returning on the finish. Delightful. Drink now-2016.See detailed press review