91 Points - "Brilliant ruby. Highly perfumed, exotic aromas of black and blue fruits, vanilla and incense, with a floral overtone. Lush, expansive blackberry and boysenberry flavors stain the palate, picking up a smoky nuance with air. Velvety and broad but lively too, finishing with impressive breadth spicy persistence for its price range. All of these wines are ridiculous values, as they have been in most recent vintages." -Josh Raynolds, Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013
COMPOSITION: 100% Old-Vine Garnacha
[Refers to 2009 vintage] - 91 Points - (Made from vines that are reportedly 60 to over 100 years of age.) "Bright purple. Explosive aromas of raspberry, mulberry, potpourri and dark chocolate. Deep, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors are energized by a note of cracked pepper and pick up spiciness with aeration. The finish echoes the red berry and floral notes and clings with impressive tenacity. This is complex enough to enjoy now." -Josh Raynolds, Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October/November 2011
[Refers to 2008 vintage] - 90 Points - "Inky ruby. Exotically perfumed bouquet displays black raspberry, cherry compote, licorice and dark chocolate, plus a sexy floral overtone. Fresh, focused red and dark berry flavors are given depth by a note of bitter chocolate and framed by silky tannins. Finishes with very good clarity and mineral snap, with the black raspberry note repeating. Year in and out this is a superb value." -Josh Raynolds, Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, September 2008
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
This is a wine made from old vines between 60 to more than 100 years old from 40 parcels on the hills that surround the town of Añorbe and are full of Chaparro trees (a type of Spanish oak tree). The purpose of this project is to recover vines and small plots that were abandoned by the old winegrowers because of their low yields. They are also the closest Garnacha vineyards in Spain to the Atlantic Ocean.
In the valley of Valdizarbe Valley, eight families own this winery. It is in the foothills of the Pyrenees a little southwest of Pamplona. They own the northernmost vineyard in Navarre, and actually the most northern vineyard in Spain with the exception of the Txakoli D.O.
For hundreds of years the Valley of Valdizarbe has been considered one of the best areas of wine production in Navarra. They have been cultivating vineyards for centuries. Documents from 15th century (the time of Ferdinand and Isabella) have been found in Añorbe describing wine production in the area. Viticulture almost disappeared due to the depressed prices of the grapes, and the extreme weather conditions.
This bodega is one of the first ones to bring back the vineyards to the valley, by the hands of an energetic winemaker, Concha Vecino, and an innovative vineyard manager, Jose Manuel Urricelqui. The winery is a state-of-the-art facility, incorporating the latest technology available in winemaking. All the wines are stainless steel fermented, except for the barrel-fermented Chardonnay.