Garnacha, native to Spain, is the country's second most widely planted red varietal. Solpo is made from Garnacha Tintorera - a type of Grenache that is most commonly found in southern Spain. The 2013 was rated 90 points by Robert Parker and only 2,000 bottles were produced. This wine is exclusive to WineCollective members in Canada! Bodegas Rafael Cambra is located centrally on Spain's east coast, within the region of Valencia. The soils here are mostly sandy, which allows for optimal drainage, creating arid and dry conditions for the vines. Limiting a vines access to water and nutrients creates needed stress, forcing the plant to grow strong and resilient, resulting in better fruit production. Young Spanish Grenache presents vibrant floral, strawberry, and even citrus notes, while aged and premium examples express more licorice, spice and minerality. The Solpo fits somewhere in the middle of these two styles. Enjoy by 2019 and chill to 16C.
Medium core and light edges, cherry hued.
A base of cherry, raspberry and black berry is accented by strong rugged and rustic notes. 10% was whole cluster fermented, meaning that the grapes were not de-stemmed. This can add some earthy and green stem aromas. Four months in French oak have added light vanilla and wood aromas.
Again, the minimal whole cluster fermentation will add some texture, tannins, and a pithy taste. Here, we find finely integrated tannins, a bright acidity that is punchy, and a medium weighted body. Brambly berries with light peppery notes. Sandy soil or desert like earthiness and dried herbs give a rustic touch. Dry, smooth texture and a lengthy finish.
Valencia is known for their rice dishes. This fresh and lively Garnacha will pair well with most paella. Or try a vegetarian dish of 'arròs amb fesols i naps', rice with beans and turnips.
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Clairette
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