2020 Quiñón de Valmira, Álvaro Palacios, Rioja, Spain

2020 Quiñón de Valmira, Álvaro Palacios, Rioja, Spain

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2020 Quiñón de Valmira, Álvaro Palacios, Rioja, Spain

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From 35-year-old vines in a 3-hectare vineyard, planted at 616m on the Sierra de Yerga. Alvaro Palacios describes it as: 'austere' geology with 'cold soils' of chalky limestone. A blend of Garnacha with 10% other red varieties. Ripe scents of red plums, with violets, and a gentle cedar backdrop. Succulent, velvety fruits are layered with firm, ripe tannins on the palate. Vividly intense. 'Normally Valmira has few tannins. This vintage has surprised us. The tannins frame the wine a little more than previously. We added a few more full clusters – 55%,' says Palacios. No new oak.

Drink 2023 - 2030

Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter.com (Jul 2021)

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From 35-year-old vines in a 3-hectare vineyard, planted at 616m on the Sierra de Yerga. Alvaro Palacios describes it as: 'austere' geology with 'cold soils' of chalky limestone. A blend of Garnacha with 10% other red varieties. Ripe scents of red plums, with violets, and a gentle cedar backdrop. Succulent, velvety fruits are layered with firm, ripe tannins on the palate. Vividly intense. 'Normally Valmira has few tannins. This vintage has surprised us. The tannins frame the wine a little more than previously. We added a few more full clusters – 55%,' says Palacios. No new oak.

Drink 2023 - 2030

Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter.com (Jul 2021) Read more

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Alvaro Palacios, Alfaro

Alvaro Palacios, Alfaro

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Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache (Noir) is widely grown and comes in a variety of styles. Believed to originate in Spain, it was, in the late 20th century, the most widely planted black grape variety in the world. Today it hovers around seventh in the pecking order. It tends to produce very fruity, rich wines that can range quite widely in their level of tannin.

In many regions – most famously the Southern Rhône, where it complements Syrah and Mourvèdre, among other grapes – it adds backbone and colour to blends, but some of the most notable Châteauneuf du Pape producers (such as Château Rayas) make 100 percent Grenache wines. The grape is a component in many wines of the Languedoc (where you’ll also find its lighter-coloured forms, Grenache Gris and Blanc) and is responsible for much southern French rosé – taking the lead in most Provence styles.

Found all over Spain as Garnacha Tinta (spelt Garnaxa in Catalonia), the grape variety is increasingly detailed on wine labels there. Along with Tempranillo, it forms the majority of the blend for Rioja’s reds and has been adopted widely in Navarra, where it produces lighter styles of red and rosado (rosé). It can also be found operating under a pseudonym, Cannonau, in Sardinia.

 

Beyond Europe, Grenache is widely planted in California and Australia, largely thanks to its ability to operate in high temperatures and without much water. Particularly in the Barossa Valley, there are some extraordinary dry-farmed bush vines, some of which are centuries old and produce wines of startling intensity.

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