Siete Pecados Garnacha comes to us from Isaac Fernandez, the incredibly prolific winemaker behind some of the most exciting wines coming out of North-West Spain today. Although he got his start in Ribera de Duero, Isaac has since launched projects in nearly every important D.O. in the area, including Campo de Borja, where this wine is from. Garnacha is by far the most important grape of this region, which enjoys a dry, continental climate with hot days, cool nights and very little rainfall. The grapes ripen slowly and are able to retain high levels of natural acidity, which makes for full-flavoured, balanced wines.
The vineyards for the Siete Pecados are about 25 years old, and located in the foothills of the Moncayo mountains at an elevation of 700 meters above sea level. Because rainfall is so scarce, the vines are planted far apart and trained in the traditional gobelet system in low, drought resistant bush vines. After manual harvest, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel before being aged in a combination of steel tanks and French oak. Enjoy now or over the next 5 years at a cool 18 C.
The Siete Pecados pours a vibrant purple-red with a cranberry coloured rim.
The fresh summer berries practically leap out of the glass! Wild strawberries, fresh ripe blackberries, and blueberry compote are complemented by hints of white pepper, violets and a fresh herbaceousness. The oak is subtle and integrated, letting the fruit steal the show.
Dry and medium-bodied, with great silky texture and beautiful acidity. Crunchy red fruit dominate the palate, with raspberry, cranberry and ripe red plum. The oak is again in the background as a hint of vanilla. The refreshing acidity persists through the finish - this would be nice lightly chilled on a warm summer night!
Skirt steak tacos, turkey burgers with onion jam, or ribs slathered in a sweet & spicy BBQ sauce would all be perfect with this easy-drinking, fruit-forward red. Make sure you pop it in the fridge for about 15 minutes before opening, for maximum enjoyment!