About This Wine
Lithe red fruits with touches of smoke and meat, and a real lashing of balsam, briar and wildflower. There's a little buzz of red dirt energy, too, and everything is easily expressed, open and mature.
If you fancy that you can smell the grape tannin mingling with those red clay tells, just wait until it hits the mouth. Beautifully shaped to fit the mouth, the wine reaches out to all parts, radiating from a central core of clay-and-tannin. The acid is spiced and has great textural bandwidth, taking the fruity-tannic wine on its assured, unhurried way through the mouth. Dehesa Gago is perfectly weighted for winter drinking, with great flavour and presence, yet the tannin and acid are ultimately highly refreshing, layering flavour and rinsing it off in alternation. A gem, literally: simple and beautiful, really honest and pure.
Wines of Spain
With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.
The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.
In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.
Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.
Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.
Wine Spectator – Black cherry, boysenberry, cola and mineral flavors mingle in this ripe, lively red. The muscular tannins are well-integrated, and citrusy acidity keeps this fresh. Expressive. Drink now through 2025.