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Frontonio Microcósmico Garnacha 2018

Frontonio Microcósmico Garnacha

2018
92+
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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production12,000 bottles

The wine

Frontonio Microcósmico Garnacha is named after Saint Frontonio, patron saint of the north-eastern Spanish town of Epila where it is produced. Legend says that after Saint Frontonio was beheaded by the Romans, his body was buried in a cemetery and his head cast into the River Ebro. Miraculously his head was found upstream on the bank of the River Jalon, close to where the Bodegas Frontonio winery is located.

Going against the grain, in much the same way as Sant Frontonio's head floated upstream, Frontonio Microcósmico Garnacha eschews the prevailing current tendency for over-extracted wines and, instead, displays the fresher side to the Grenache variety. Every sip delights with the expressiveness of wild fruit flowing over the cracked grey slate of its vineyards in the cool climate found at altitudes of 700 metres.

The fruit is fermented with 10% of whole bunches in the mix and matured mainly in concrete vats, with just a small amount of wine being aged in 500-litre wooden barrels. The result is a precise, floral, fragrant and elegant red wine, proudly and openly displaying the honest character of Grenache. Fine tannins cover a subtly lactic background. Aromas of forest floor and wild red fruits blend with a pinch of white pepper to give it a stylish austerity and irresistible rusticity. The lively energy of its soil is enjoyed in every sip and lingers until the wine's aftertaste, when wild aromas and the delicacy of Grenache skins return.

Thanks to the decision of the Master of Wine (one of the top international distinctions awarded in the wine world) Fernando Mora and his friends and partners to work in the historic but, at that time, largely-forgotten winemaking area of Valdejalón, we can now take delight in splendid wines such as this Frontonio Microcósmico Garnacha.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
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Garnet / Pale
Bouquet
Fruit aromas / Red fruit / Strawberries / Raspberry / Spicy notes / White pepper / Mineral notes
Mouth
Dry / Good acidity / Refreshing / Fine tannins / Complex / Vigorous / Long

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Roasted duck, Cured cheeses, Iberian pork secreto

Ratings and awards

202092 PK92 PN
201892+ PK
201791 PN92 SK
201692 PK90 PN
201591 PK16.5 JR
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The unoaked red 2018 Microcósmico Garnacha was produced with grapes from old vines grown on slopes with slate soils at 650 to 700 meters in altitude in the village of Jarque. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and 20% whole clusters that were foot trodden and matured in underground concrete vats for one year. This has depth and complexity that transcends an unoaked wine, with the higher altitude notes of wild herbs, keeping great balance in the palate. There is moderate alcohol, great freshness and complexity. I think this could be the benchmark for a naked Garnacha from Aragón, clearly different from Gredos or Priorat. 23,350 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 92+ PARKER

Customer reviews

4.1/5
8 reviews
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Wine making

Vinification materialWood / Concrete
Ageing period10 months

Vineyards

SoilSlate

The winery

Bodegas Frontonio

Bodegas Frontonio

Bodegas Frontonio is named after Saint Frontonio, patron saint of the north-eastern Spanish town of Epila. Legend says that after Saint Frontonio was beheaded by the Romans, his body was buried in a cemetery and his head cast into the River Ebro. Miraculously his head was found upstream on the bank of the River Jalon, close to where the Bodegas Frontonio winery is located. Exactly as they're presented, they're the wine of a particular land, the résumé of a landscape. A passion...

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