From the time of its foundation, Grandes Vinos y Vi?edos, producers of Namesake, have based its strategy on quality, innovation, and commitment to its surroundings and to the environment. Focusing on modern, new and innovative systems that keep better control of all processes starting with the grape, their wines are unique and of great character as well as being a testament to the quality of produced in the area of Cari?ena.
Grandes Vinos y Vi?edos has positioned itself as one the leading wineries of Spain and is the largest in the whole of the Autonomous Community of Aragon. Aragon is one of the most solid wine-producing areas in Spain, with its brands being a growing presence in the domestic and export markets.
Several people play a role in the sculpting of each wine, beginning in the vineyard with the grape growers. All those people have commitment, involvements, and focus. Heading the Technical Department is Marcelo Morales, the Winery's Technical Director, Enologist and Winemaker.
Marcelo was born in Chile in 1969. He combines the wine-growing tradition of the area with the enological "know-how" of the New World. He is an honors graduate of the University of Valpara?so in Chile. Before joining the Winery, he worked at Bodegas Carmen in Chile as well as various harvests in various parts of Spain before ending his studies with a Master's in Viticulture and Enology from the University of Madrid.
This wine is very carefully made to allow the natural beauty of the grape and soil to come through. The grapes are hand harvested in early morning, de-stemmed and crushed. After approximately 10 days of controlled temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks with selected dehydrated cultured yeasts, the must is gravity fed to avoid oxidation into hygienic barrels and steel vats where it completes malolactic fermentation. It is then aged several months in French oak barrels.
This is a classic old school, old vine Carignan with flavor and color to spare. The heady, almost black color signals the powerful blackberry, earthy nose and similar flavor. A must with duck in a green peppercorn sauce.