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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...
- 95 Points -
Luis Gutiérrez, April 2016
I also tasted the 2013 As Caborcas, as the 2012 is already sold out at the winery and they have launched the next vintage. 2013 was a cool, rather difficult and late harvest vintage. It produced lighter, more ethereal wines. This sloped old vineyard from the Bibei was planted with a multitude of grapes, red and white, Mencía, Merenzao, Sousón, Garnacha Tintorera, Godello, Brancellao… The vines were planted some 80 years ago and the terraced slope is located at 550 to 600 meters altitude, and the soils are very poor and of granitic origin. The wine fermented in a combination of open top oak vats and stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts, and matured in large oak foudres for some 15 months. It has low alcohol (12.5%) and even if it feels fresh, the actual acidity is not that high. The color is a bright ruby, lighter than the 2012 or the Falcoeira, and the nose is extremely perfumed and fragrant, mixing notes of violets, wild strawberries and acid berries with great freshness, subtleness and elegance. The palate is light to medium-bodied, insinuating rather than in-your-face, with very fine tannins, focused, pure flavors and great freshness. An elegant red Valdeorras that has more in common with the reds from Ribeira Sacra than the other reds from the appellation. Grab it while you can! 2,469 bottles produced.See detailed press review