Made from organically grown grapevines over 70 years of age, this Spanish red wine comes from Viña de Lloros, a .7 hectare vineyard composed of highly weathered granitic soils which sits at an altitude of 650 metres above sea level.
Bearing the DO Vinos de Madrid, the vineyard lies at the heart of Sierra de Gredos, a region which, most probably, will not be recognized with the Designation of Origin it rightly deserves, due to the ineptitude of the Spanish regulatory system.
After a careful selection, the undestemmed grapes were cold-soaked prior to being crushed in order to extract colour and aromas. Then, this red wine from Madrid was fermented in 500-litre oak barrels using indigenous yeasts.
Finally, Labros 2016 was aged in those same barrels for 12 months. Prior to its bottling, the wine was neither filtered nor clarified.
Production of this Grenache from Gredos is very scarce: 2,400 bottles.
Decant 1 hour before drinking. Drink until 2024.
As a side note, it is worth noting that Gredos is not only Spain's hottest wine region, but also the most important rediscovered one since the resurgence of Priorat. The area is home to several world-class Grenache wines, the best of which are only comparable - some would say even superior - to Château Rayas.
The red wine Labros has a clean, high, cherry-coloured robe with a ruby rim.
This old-vines Grenache by Bodega Marañones is deep, intringuing and characteristic. Subtle, nuanced aromas of ripe red fruit, flowers and underbrush, a dash of rosy pepper and some earthy and mineral hints, as well as tips of liquorice, balsam, cinnamon and vanilla.
Medium-bodied and smooth, this 2016 is undoubtedly the freshest, more refined vintage so far. Labros by Marañones is delicately textured, precise and nicely crafted. Inspiring notes of fruit, red flowers and aromatic herbs, an overall sense of fresh, open air, some gentle tannins and a well-balanced acidity. Medium, fruity finish with some earthy and mineral remembrances .
|Our personal opinion||
The enticing Labros 2016 is a limited-edition old-vines Grenache of great elegance and freshness.
Enterwine 94. Peñín 93.
|D.O.||Vinos de Madrid|
|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||Aperitif, Cold meats, Duck, Grilled vegitables, Meat and vegitables, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Stews, Vegetables|
|Taste||Fruity and Fresh, Silky and intense|
|Occasion||Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues, Romantic Dinner|
Impressed by this classy Garnacha. Who would have guessed that central Spain could produce such beauties?
Really classy. For me this Grenache has little in common with Chateauneuf or Priorat. It is at least as good, probably more.
For me, Gredos means Grenache and Grenache means Gredos. This wine is a distillantion of the forest, the sun, the pure water, the wild berries and the altitude of the mountains.