Bernabeleva Arroyo del Tortolas Tinto 2012
The Arroyo del Tórtolas is a north facing, 1.2-hectare vineyard of 65-year-old vines at 800 m.a.s.l. The soil here is pure granitic sand. This plot is one of the first of Bernabeleva's vineyards to ripen, yet the shifting geology and the steepness of the site results in two separate harvests (top and bottom). The grapes are foot stomped and left to ferment naturally in upright wooden vats, with the percentage of stems dependent on the vintage. The yields are naturally very low, with each vine producing roughly two bottles of wine. Maturation takes place for 12 months in 500 and 600 litre barrels. Outstanding purity and grace here and a long, mineral-laden finish.
World Wine – The 2012 Arroyo del Tórtolas is one of their single-vineyard reds, in this case it's a north facing-slope of 1.25 hectares, planted with 2,200 plants per hectare that are 65 years old. The soil is quite thin and poor, rich in granite. Fermentation is carried out in oak tinas (vats), with stems, but on a higher or lower proportion depending on the vintage, and foot trodden. Malolactic fermentation is in used barriques of different sizes (from 225 to 600 liters) made of French oak where the wine ages for one year. This is the plot of vines that gets more complete ripeness, the nose is very sharp and focused, with notes of good ripeness, some pine cone traces, red berries, flowers and dry herbs. The palate is really supple, straight, vertical, with very good acidity (this is harvested earlier than other plots, as the grapes ripen earlier which somehow provides for better acidity) with fine, velvety and elegant tannins. This is a great expression of Garnacha and, even though it's not cheap, it still represents good value. Bravo! 94 points, Luis Gutierrez, eRobertParker.com #215
In a mixed or straight case: $64.59