Garnacha, 2014. Garciano

Garnacha, 2014. Garciano

Item #: V0318R1-2IS
Vintage: 2014
Varietal: Garnacha
Vineyard/Appellation: Navarra D.O., Spain
Color: Dark Magenta
Nose: Spice, Cherry, Earth
Palate: Lovely Berry, Earth
Finish: Incredibly Lush and Long
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Red Meat, Game, Fowl/Alcohol: 14.5%

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Garciano is a play on words for the two grapes used in the blend: Garnacha and Graciano. They are the star grapes of the Navarra region in northern Spain.

The winery, Azul y Garanza, is owned by Maria and Fernando Barrena, who are brother and sister, and their partner Dani Sanchez. Maria is the winemaker, with experience in Burgundy as well as in Spain's Catalonia. Navarra is a warm area where the wines can be overdone and alcoholic, but Maria's experience with the nuanced grapes of Burgundy has helped her shape her wines in a gentler and more harmonious style.

Dani is also involved in the winemaking, having worked in other parts of Spain as well as South Africa, Australia and Argentina. Together, they have a depth and breadth of experience that has transformed their 45 acres of grapes into one of the best wineries in Spain.

Garnacha is truly one of the great grapes of the world. It is the heart and soul of Ch?teauneuf-du-Pape, even though it is a native of Spain. Spain has done quite well with it, too. Graciano is a local grape that is very highly respected but very difficult to grow, so it is the domain of only the very committed, like Garanza.

It really doesn't get much better than this. These two grapes literally sing together. The spice and sensual fruit of the Garnacha, expanded upon with the regal flavors of Graciano, sing and dance in your glass. And you will, too.