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Red Blend, 2020. Le Naturel

Red Blend, 2020. Le Naturel

Item #: U1121R1IS
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Navarra, Spain
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Cranberry, Strawberry
Palate: Ripe Red Fruits
Finish: Penetrating
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2025/Red Meat, Game, Fowl/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Aroa was one of the first organic and biodynamic wineries in the Navarra appellation in northern Spain. It is also a wine and gastronomic center due to its ownership by a large Spanish food corporation. It is entirely sustainable and uses only gravity to transfer the wines. In other words, a model of efficiency.

Navarra is now one of the most sought-after wine areas in Spain. It could also be renamed, "Grenacheland" since 80% if the vineyards here are planted with Grenache. There is a very good reason for this. Grenache does so well here that there's no reason to plant much else, though Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon contribute small inclusions in the blend, as they do here.

Grenache is the principle grape in one of the world's greatest red wines, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Though up to 13 grape varieties can be legally used in Chateauneuf, Grenache dominates here as well with most chateaux using as much as 80% of that grape and few up to 100%. Besides being incredibly flavorful, Grenache also adapts to various, yet divergent, climates and soils. But, none of those can exceed the quality of Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Navarra. It is simply the best here.

Our selection is a perfect example. The telltale ripe, cranberry fruit and strawberry is felt with the first whiff of the exciting aroma. That promise is carried through on the palate as light and dark cherry follow the aromas and in its usual preface, finishes fresh and clean, awaiting a classic dish from a Spanish grill featuring wild board or a whole tenderloin smothered in caramelized onions.

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