Stylishly dressed in a black Burgundy bottle, Baltasar Gracián Garnacha Nativa is a first-class Spanish red wine produced by Bodegas San Alejandro in the town of Miedes de Aragón, at the heart of the Calatayud DO, a region believed to be the cradle of Grenache.
The grapes of this exceptional single varietal Grenache come from 80-year-old plants that grow at an altitude of 900 metres above sea level. Plots are located on steep slopes, with soils mainly composed of schist, slate and pebble stones. Climate is continental, and yields are below 2,500 kilograms per hectare.
Harvested in the second half of October, this Crianza red wine from Calatayud was first cold-soaked, and then fermented and macerated. The three processes were carried out in concrete vats. Then the wine was transferred into new French oak barrels and aged for 12 months.
We suggest that you decant Baltasar Gracián Garnacha Nativa 2014 a minimum of 1 hour before drinking.
Drink until 2024.
The wine Baltasar Gracián Garnacha Nativa has an exuberant, high cherry robe with a garnet hue at the rim.
Great varietal expression, with the depth that only an old-vines Grenache can provide. Loads of red fruit, impressively intense, with some liquor hints, notes of toast and smoke and aromas of oriental spices over a mineral and earthy background. There is also a distant echo of flowers and aromatic herbs.
Smooth and intense on the palate, this wine by Bodegas San Alejandro is an ode to terroir, and a very expressive one indeed. Intensely mineral and earthy, with succulent red fruit, a panoply of oriental spices, delicate wooden notes and subtle mineral touches. Big but really supple, with a tense acidity and ripe, savoury tannins. This red wine from Calatayud has a long finish with a smokey and mineral aftertaste.
|Our personal opinion||
Those old vines really put this Baltasar Gracián Garnacha Nativa 2014 a step above the average Grenache wine. A great wine from the birthplace of Grenache.
Baltasar Gracián Garnacha Nativa 2013:
Baltasar Gracián Garnacha Nativa 2011:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||12|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Birds, Bull meat, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Grilled vegitables, Mushrooms, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Sheep´s cheese, Stews, Vegetables|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Because you deserve it, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement|
Super deep and earthy red, full of damson, sloe and strawberry. Structured and high-acidic, bold but not samey.
I think this is the top product of the winery, and you really feel the difference. This red wine has a particular depth, more concentration and precision, and is super delicious.