Saturday, December 19, 2009

*** $ Marco Real Garnacha (Grenache), 2005, Navarra, Spain - Review and Rating

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Original Review, July 2008: The Marco Real Garnacha, 2005, is a "practically free" offering from Spain. It comes with a compelling, unique, abstract label. We'll have to see if the wine lives up to the wrapper.

In the glass, it is deep burgundy velvet in color. As I begin to swirl, grape-y aromas hit the room. Inhaling more deeply, there is a dusty, charcoal, deep fruit aroma, touched with oak.

On the palate, I first notice a simple, grape-y fruit in the middle. It opens up with a bit of heat and roundness. Finish is spicy and modest. Two stars with a plus for pure pleasantness.

Jay Miller of Wine Advocate awarded 88 points, saying, "The 2005 Garnacha (15% of the wine was oak-aged for 6 months) exhibits plenty of spice, pepper, and kirsch in its expressive nose. Medium-bodied, it has some elegance as well as fine depth and length. Drink both reds over the next 1-2 years."

Updated review, a year and a half later, December, 2009:

In the glass:Consistent deep velvet color, with a hint of brick, not opaque.

On the nose: Poured without a decant and swirled vigorously,the grapey-ness is gone, leaving more of a clean blackberry note.

On the palate:The fruit and mild tannins come on first, consistent with the nose, bringing ripe blackberry, with aromatic notes of blueberry too.

And the finish:Actually holds for a time, poised nicely between its simple acids, fruit and tannins. 

In summary:More balance than I noted earlier.  With the extra age (now four years from the vintage date), I'll award three full stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.   That means I'd try it again.  That also makes it a best value at its modest price.

Here's results with an additional two day partial-bottle decant under vacuum... Blackberry aroma is now more like blueberry pie filling.  A palate that lives up to the blueberry pie promise, smooth, slightly sweet, lush, filling.  Still a good balance with fruit and acids.  Tannins are less noticeable.  Peaks at this three star rating.  Ready to drink now.

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