Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bodegas Añadas Care Finca Bancales 2011 Old Vines Garnacha, Cariñena

This Garnacha from the Añadas winery is steeped in history. It comes from one of the oldest protected growing areas (Denominación de Origen, or DO) in Spain: Cariñena.

Care is the Roman name for the region - it translates as 'Flat Face' and is where the Care artwork comes from. The region was producing outstanding wine in the 3rd century BC.

The grapes come from the Bancales vineyard and the vines for this 100% Garnacha wine are more than 80 years old. The wine was then aged for 14 month in French oak.

While there is a lot of history, the wine is very modern in style. It is rich and fruit-driven while maintaining bright flavors of red berries and spice. A bit of toast flavor adds to the elegance.

We sampled this at during a family visit to North Carolina as we spent the evening playing cards. It was easy drinking with no tight tannins.

Spanish Garnacha is crowd-pleasing wine. The flavors are rewarding and accessible. It pairs well with food and the price is tasty too. This bottle costs about $16.

Full disclosure: We received this bottle as a marketing sample.

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