2009 Las Rocas, Vinas Viejas, Old Vines Grenache

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Press and Tasting Notes

Las Rocas Vinas Viejas comes from high altitude, low yielding, 100+-year-old Grenache vines and is aged in French and American oak. More aromatic than its sibling, it has a splendid perfume of spice box, lavender, kirsch, and blueberry. It is also a bit richer and longer in the finish. While it may evolve for 1-2 years, who could resist it now?

A Merchant's Pick


Featured August 11, 2008

THE REVIEW

While the daytime temperatures and sunshine remind me that we are still very much in the middle of summer, early morning strolls with the pooch reveal a hint of fall air crispness.
    With the inevitable season change, we have a great value Spanish red that will transition you from soothing summer breezes to more Autumnal weather profiles: 2005 Las Rocas Vinas Viejas (Old Vines) Grenache. Not only can this delicious Spanish wine transition you from summer to fall, it will even take you into winter. It has the body to stand up to grilled meats and is smooth enough to enjoy on its own.
    Las Rocas Vinas Viejas comes from high altitude, low yielding, 100+ year old Grenache vines. As most of the vineyards lie on what was (thousands of years ago) an old river basin, the soil is comprised of brown limestone and loam over slate and gypsum in Calatayud, Spain. This region benefits from a continental climate with vast temperature differences between night and day. These temperature swings produce a rich wine with terrific nuances: splendid perfume of spice box, lavender, kirsch, and blueberry. It is also a bit richer and longer in the finish. While it may evolve for 1-2 years, who could resist it now? Enjoy with grilled meats, cheese, lamb and sliced Italian meats. Read More »