La Cueva Spanish Grenache 4-Pack

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Great (on either side of the) Pyrenees

Some say Grenache. Some say Garnacha. Let's call the whole thing delicious.

Spain. The South of France. Both hot. Both dry. Both widely planted with a popular grape that flourishes under those conditions. On one side of the border, it's called Grenache. On the side of the border where this La Cueva example is grown and crafted, it's called Garnacha.

In the hands of brilliant Artiga winemaker Pamela Geddes, Garnacha's typical rich, spicy character is in full flower, with berry and pepper notes as bold as its deep red color. Served with all things roasted, aged, cured, and spicy, it goes down both muy bueno and tres bien. Call it Garnacha, call it Grenache, call it whatever: this luscious red speaks the universal language of mmmmmm.

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2012 La Cueva Old Vines Grenache 750ml 4-Pack

La Cueva Old Vines Garnacha is a lovingly crafted, single estate wine from a small family owned and run winery in the heart of Campo de Borja, otherwise known as ´El Imperio de la Garnacha´ (The Garnacha Empire). From the outset, award-winning Artiga winemaker, Pamela Geddes, set out to create a wine which represents all the natural characteristics of the local land, climate and Garnacha varietal.

A wine of vivid red fruit on the eye, striking aromas of plump wild berries and freshly-milled pepper, and a rich and round mouth-feel with notes of warming spice and a long, velvety finish. The perfect match for richly-flavoured meats, roast vegetables and mature cheeses. Also great with traditional Spanish fare, such as pata negra cured serrano ham or spicy chorizo sausage for a truly authentic Spanish experience.

Vineyards: 250 hectares of land located at an altitude of over 600 meters in the foothills and uniquely fierce micro-climate of the Moncayo Mountain range. Vines are planted at a density of approximately 2,000 per hectare. The Garnacha used to produce this wine are hand-picked from the estate´s oldest vines, planted in 1958. The very low levels of organic matter found in the loose, rocky soils of these select parcels produce small, bush-like vines and low yields (around 40hl/ha) of concentrated grapes.

Daytime and seasonal thermal contrasts are extreme and rainfall is low. Mediterranean influences dominate in the summer months, which are long and stiflingly hot with an average high temperature of over 32°C. Winters are cold, dry and characterised by the Atlantic North-West wind known as ´El Cierzo`. Limestone provides good drainage and a dry, healthy environment for the grapes to ripen while areas of clay retain moisture during periods of drought. The soil´s heat retaining properties moderate ripening by keeping the vines warm as the temperature drops throughout the night.

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Winery Retail Price: $88.00
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Total MSRP:   $103.00
 

Fermentation and Aging: Grapes were hand-harvested in the last fortnight of October before undergoing alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks at an extra-cool 14°C. This was followed by delicate filtration and fining prior to bottling.

  • Varietal Composition: 100% Old Vines Garnacha
  • RS: 3.00g/l
  • TA: 6.10 g/l
  • Alcohol: 14%

Winery Details

Artiga Winery

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Magallon, Spain

The Artiga winery is a family run and owned affair in the heart of D.O. Campo de Borja, otherwise known as ´El Imperio de la Garnacha´. It is located in the town of Magallón in the shadow of the Sierra de Moncayo Mountain at an altitude of over 2000 feet. The estate´s oldest vines were planted in 1958 in an area of 50 hectares. Since then it has grown to 250 hectares with vines planted at a density of approximately 2,000 per hectare. The very low levels of organic matter found in the loose, rocky soils produce small, bush-like vines and low yields (around 40hl/ha) of exceptional quality, intensely-concentrated Garnacha.

Campo de Borja shares the rich local terrain and climate with its more famous neighbor, D.O.Ca. Rioja. However, rather than the noble Tempranillo, here it is the local Garnacha vines that really thrive in the gravelly, iron-rich soils and the uniquely fierce micro-climate that is to be found at the foothills of the Moncayo Mountain range. Daytime and seasonal thermal contrasts are extreme and rainfall is low. Mediterranean influences dominate in the summer months, which are long and stiflingly hot. Winters are cold, dry and characterized by the Atlantic North-West wind known as ´El Cierzo`.

Loose, rocky, limestone soils provide good drainage and a dry, healthy environment for the grapes to ripen while areas of clay retain moisture for the vines during the dry growing season. The soil´s heat-retaining properties moderate ripening by keeping the vines warm as the temperature drops throughout the night. Very low levels of organic matter produce Borja’s characteristically small, bush-like vines and low yields of intensely flavored grapes.

La Cueva – The Cave
Our finest wines are aged in a 500 year old cave which was painstakingly cut into the Moncayo Mountain by local farmers over many decades and generations. With their constant year-round temperature of 14C, our ancestors traditionally used these caves to house the oak casks in which they stored and aged their wines. Ours is the only such cave in the area that continues to serve its original purpose and although the oak barrels have been replaced over the years, the mountain walls hold firm and still provide the ideal cellar for our finest wines.

History
Established in 1982, the origins of our unique estate trace back to 1948 when our founding father, Andrés, began producing wine in his tiny bodega, ´La Magallonera´. Andrés is credited with paving the way for the creation of Denominación de Origen Campo de Borja in 1978, when, frustrated at seeing the incredible depth of body, color and flavor of his wines being used to improve those from the more well-known regions of France and Spain, he decided to invest in a bottling line which would be the first of its kind in Campo de Borja, and which would subsequently enable the region to fulfill the requirements to establish itself as a D.O. in its own right.

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