Category Archives: Navarra

2007 Vega Sindoa El Chaparral Old Vine Garnacha

Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, hay, white pepper, wild game, red licorice, some oak and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium- body, silky tannins, medium acidity, plenty of interesting layers, good balance, and a solid finish. This has a lot going on for the money, you would spend a lot more for the same quality anywhere but Spain.

2008 Vinos de Terruños Siete 7

siete7This is the second time I’ve tried this 80% Garnacha 20% Tempranillo blend from Purple ruby in color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, bright red raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, chalky earth, hay, white pepper, meat, not oaky, with traces of earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, medium+ tannin, medium+ acidity, intense dark fruit, nice balance, with a better than average finish.    

1999 Bodegas Ochoa Reserva Navarra Spain

Patrick at Tango opened this for me yesterday. It was decanted for about 15 minutes. On the nose, bouquet of medium+ intensity, leather, spice, herbs, tobacco, game, black olive, dried cherries, some oak but very nicely integrated, and lots of earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, leather, spice, and cherry pipe tobacco. Medium tannin, medium acidity, medium alcohol, long spice and earth drive finish. This Tempranillo blend is right up my alley.    

2007 Bodegas Nekeas El Chaparral Garnacha Navarra

I am on a Spanish Garnacha tear. Mainly because there’s a lot of value in this category. On the nose, youthful, red fruit, strwberry, raspberry, red cherry, lots of minerality, hay, white pepper, herbs, and not any detectable oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, bright acidity, silky tannins, ripe red fruit, great mouth feel, and a nice finish. This Garnacha was a little more delicate and pretty than the Monte Oton.