One of two bottles we're sharing with WineCollective members from Jorge Navascues' 'Cutio' line, we couldn't possibly have just chosen one! The son of renowned oenologist and wine critic Mariano Navascues, Jorge is following closely in his father's footsteps and creating outstanding wines. With the 'Cutio' line, from the Aragon dialect word meaning "eternal", Jorge has created a lineup of wines that are both his own interpretation of Spain's wine stars, as well as the traditional grapes that thrive in his native country. This Garnacha and Carinena blend is an excellent example of the work Navascues is contributing to the wine world.
After insects destroyed much of Spain’s vineyards towards the end of the 19th century, Garnacha was widely replanted throughout the country. Because of its fertile nature and tolerance of Spain's terroir, vineyards brought the grape back to compete with rising star grapes like Tempranillo. Although Garnacha has never fully recovered in the amount of vines grown compared to Tempranillo, it is still an integral piece of Spain's wine industry and well worth enjoying! You can serve this Cutio red at 18 C now until 2025.
A deep and rich garnet colour, this Garnacha is very moody in the glass. As you might expect, it has notes of rich red fruits like cherry and raspberry jam. The fruitier notes are well balanced by vanilla, cracked pepper, and earth.
This is a medium+ body wine with medium+ acidity that can be evened out by decanting for a bit before serving. Those that enjoy a bolder wine will like the structure from the tannins and the smooth finish. The red fruits carry over, with some juicy plum, blackberry, and vanilla. This isn't a sweet wine by any means, as it has hints of oak and smoke towards the finish.
We're ready to get grilling with this red. Well-charred skewers of steak, red pepper, onion, mushrooms, and zucchini brushed with a garlic herb sauce would do just the trick.