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Carril del Rey Garnacha by Bernabeleva 2017

Carril del Rey Garnacha

by Bernabeleva 2017

Producer : Bernabeleva

Region : Madrid (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables

Tasting Notes

The 2017 Carril del Rey has a very pale color, the palest of the single vineyard reds, as the Garnacha here tends to have less color in warmer vintages when the ripening is faster and deeper colors in cooler years when ripening is slower and more complete. This is always a more Mediterranean expression of Garnacha, but this year the wine is unusually fine, elegant, aromatic and floral, with less alcohol than the 2018 I tasted next to it. It has an herbal and spicy twist, which makes it quite attractive. It's quite ethereal and showy, quite delicate. This seems to transcend the vintage. 2,200 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2019.

94 points - Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate, April 2020

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 94
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Bernabeleva
Region Madrid (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 14.5% alc./vol.
Style Subtle & fruity
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes 100% Garnacha
Food Pairing Breads, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables
Descriptors Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $384.00

The Producer

Bernabeleva

Bodegas Bernabeleva was founded in 1923 and is located at the foot of the Cerro de Guisando mountains and the slopes of Gredo on the Martin de Valdeiglesias just outside Madrid. All wines are produced entirely according to biodynamic principles.

In the 1920’s, a Madrid doctor - Vicente Álvarez-Villamil purchased a plot of land near Madrid to grow Garnacha (Grenache). The good doctor named the winery Bernabeleva, meaning the bear’s forest, as a homage to the Celtic carved stone bears that littered the area around the winery. In the 1930’s, Spain’s political instability put the vineyard on ice but the family managed to hold onto the land and the vines.

Finally in 2006, Vicente’s great-grandsons re-started the winery, still named Bernabeleva, to make wine from the now 80 year old vines. The label is a picture of Vicente’s daughter astride on one of the stone bears.

Winemaker Marc Isart is one of the elite in the Spanish wine scene—each year receiving impressive awards from international wine critics for his wines. He makes soulful fresh driven wines that speak to the great Chateau Rayas’ of the 80s and 90s.

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