Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: *** $ Langa Garnacha Red Wine, Calatayud, Spain, 2006 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Garnacha is the Spanish name for the grenache grape.  I have found some interesting garnacha offerings from the lesser-known Calatayud area of Spain.  Today we'll try another bargain from this region.

Original tasting and review : This is Langa Garnacha Red Wine, Calatayud, Spain, 2006, made from 80-year-old vines and finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Black raisin, with just a hint of transparency right at the edge. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep, husky, oak-tinged fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, deep and spicy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deep peppery spices at the top of your palate, with fresh acids perking up a black fruit core.  Crisp and deep finish. 

In summary: Overall, intriguing spicy experience rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Value for price when acquired at retail cost and best value when acquired at bargain prices which are regularly available.

Following long decant, two full days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Brighter, tangy notes to the aromas.  Still lots and lots of black pepper on the palate.  Guess what I find in the finish:  Pepper!

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