November 2015 Selection

Autumn Garnachas

November 2015 Selection

Barón de Ley Varietales Garnacha 2012 (2 bottles)
Via Edetana Negre 2013 (2 bottles)
Piélago 2013 (2 bottles)

Normal retail price: £77.82
Club Discount Price: £68.13
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The colours and fruits of Autumn are enhancing seasonal gastronomy, always so rich and creative, and at this time of year more than ever, Garnacha wines prove the ideal companions. Juicy, seductive, pleasant and easily drinkable, enriched by the Mediterranean warmth of the countryside, decked in ochre and orange hues, impregnated with damp aromas and the smell of smoke too, from log fires glowing indoors, while stews slowly simmering on the kitchen stove...

Have your Autumn recipes at the ready because this month we're suggesting three succulent Garnachas, perfect for accompanying mushroom dishes, hearty stews, meats with fruit sauces: Barón de Ley Varietales Garnacha 2012, a Rioja Garnacha that straddles the Atlantic and Mediterranean as regards influences, fluid, vibrant and sweet-tasting; Via Edetana Negre 2013, from Celler Edetària, a fusion of Garnacha, Syrah and Cariñena, which results in a profound, fresh and luscious red, ideal to pair up with meats served with fruits, conserves and especially red berry fruits; and finally, Piélago 2013, from Jiménez-Landi, an extremely pure Garnacha, an absolute delight from Méntrida, refined and authentic, full of character.

Autumn colours in your glasses this month, Autumn cuisine on your plates. Drink up, tuck in, and enjoy!

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Barón de Ley Varietales Garnacha 2012 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Barón de Ley Rioja, Spain Grenache

Bottle: £8.26 club members / £9.55 non-members


Barón de Ley offers us, with its range of single varietal wines, the chance to get to know individually four of Rioja's most common varieties: the Maturana, an indigenous grape now almost extinct; the Graciano, a grape of gracefulness and distinction; the Tempranillo, the Rioja grape par excellence; and the Garnacha, the most sensual and exuberant Mediterranean grape, and showcased in this wine.

At the moment among Rioja wines, we're still coming across very few single varietal Garnachas, yet they have a growing number of keen admirers. Combining the Rioja terroir and the fine qualities of this sunny Mediterranean, red-fruit grape produces delicious results. Here you have a prime example: an honest, floral and very fresh Garnacha, which undergoes a short and very respectful ageing, just six months in large French oak casks; a non-ostentatious, thoroughly likeable Garnacha with a freshness and woodland character that makes us describe it as halfway between an Atlantic and a Mediterranean, a Garnacha with sea and mountain influences.

The Barón de Ley Garnacha is more than just a pleasant wine, it's extremely pleasurable and complete, both on the nose and palate. Modest, but firm and authentic. It offers a combination of wild countryside herbs and damp leaves with smoky hints, saline touches and ripe, yet still smooth, red fruit — cherries, plums and raspberries. It definitely has a Rioja character, some of its nuances might well remind us of classic Riojas (its damp notes, its special refinement...), but it isn't, it has its own personality, as a wine, and also as a Garnacha: a very good Rioja Garnacha. A real pleasure to drink. Juicy and mature, but always emanating freshness, with acidity clearly present. Sweet, yet having a dry undertone of tobacco and cedar. Lovely and balanced, with plenty of volume. Particularly interesting is the finely polished feel that its silky tannicity and fruitiness leave on the tongue, and a background of hazelnuts, the skins, on the finish. An elaborate piece at a fantastic price.

Pork / chicken with raisins and plums / roasts / pizza / oven-cooked rabbit / stuffed aubergines / hearty dishes / mushrooms

  • Wine Tasting Notes:
    • Colour
      Picota cherry red / intense / bright / bluish glints
    • Bouquet
      Surprising / intense / floral aromas / violets / toasty notes
    • Palate
      Enveloping / fresh / voluminous / floral notes / fruit notes / red fruit / silky tannins / long finish / persistent
  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2018.

Barón de Ley Varietales Garnacha 2012
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Via Edetana Negre 2013 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Edetària Terra Alta, Spain Grenache, Syrah, Carignan

Bottle: £8.78 club members / £9.55 non-members


Edetària offers two wine ranges: the superior line, Edetària, which exhibits all the potential of the indigenous varietals, Garnacha and Cariñena, and their Mediterranean character, and the Via Edetana line, which includes international varietals such as the Viognier and the Syrah, introduced into the region many years ago and now perfectly well established. There to be appreciated in all their wines, both whites and reds, is the character of the terroir, ultimately responsible for that special trait they possess; it's an arid, harsh land which rewards with notable elegance the devoted work of those who have the knowledge and put in the effort, cultivating it with respect and sensitivity.

The Edetana red is a very pure wine and shows signs of being a fine wine; pure and profound. Allow it a little time before serving and you'll see how delightful it turns out, rich and complete. Amidst the profusion of fruit and a gentle floral fragrance, of lemon verbena, dried mint, dry earth and spices, its fresh character stands out — a freshness which is especially due, curiously enough, to the Syrah grapes, planted on very deep soils capable of moderate water retention and thereby keeping the fruit constantly fresh and smooth. In Edetària wines, the terroir always steers the fruit, and this wine is no exception, with terroirs of diverse composition, which enrich the end result and make it more complex. In Edetana, the ever-seductive Garnacha greets us in the first glass, the Syrah appears next with volume and lusciousness, and the Cariñena completes our experience with its fragrant, intense and distinctive touch. A fine fusion between terroir, fruit and landscape, a wine with a serious profile, a vivid bright colour, and a very affordable price.

Aged for 12 months in 300 and 500-litre French oak barrels, used for three or four wines.

Magret of duck / red meats / barbecues / lamb with fine herbs / meats with red berry fruit sauces

  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • For drinking this year.

Via Edetana Negre 2013
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Piélago 2013 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Bodegas Jiménez-Landi Méntrida, Spain Grenache

Bottle: £17.03 club members / £19.80 non-members


Piélago is pure Garnacha and pure succulence. Uncork the bottle, pour yourself a glass and let it speak for itself. Its complexity abounds with delightfully harmonious contrasts: aromas of fresh flowers juxtaposed with notes of wild mountain herbs, and dried herbs; strawberries, fresh raspberries, water melon, pomegranates... and other red fruits that combine acidity with a compact sweetness, a real lusciousness; notes of damp leaves against subtle smoky hints; earthy nuances on a liquor background... It smells of woods, undergrowth and dry leaves... and of old tomes too. Countless aromas immediately come to the fore, leading us forward to seduction on the palate: direct, refined, very easy to drink but with a marked tannic structure, meatiness and vibrant acidity. A very well-balanced wine, that shows great respect for the environment, reflecting and conveying this most naturally.

Piélago is named after the hill which crowns the vines that Jiménez-Landi uses to make this wine, conceived as a 'village wine', from the village of El Real de San Vicente, in the province of Toledo. A Garnacha which we might describe as mid-way between Atlantic and Mediterranean, a Garnacha with its own character. Authentic, refined, fresh and feminine. A Garnacha to savour and relish, right till the last drop.

Meat casseroles / veal with mushrooms / oven-cooked meats / dishes with truffles / rice dishes / veal carpaccio / roast chicken / oven-cooked pork

  • Wine Tasting Notes:
    • Colour
      Picota cherry / medium density
    • Bouquet
      Fresh strawberry / chocolate / mineral notes
    • Palate
      Fruit-forward / fresh / liqueur / ripe black fruit
  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2024.

Piélago 2013
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