(2011) A Navarra Rosé with a chunky 13.5% alcohol and blended from Tempranillo, Garnacha and Merlot. Quite a bold, but soft ruby-pink colour, this has been aged on its lees which has given quite a mealy, serious aspect with an earthy and tobacco note, even a touch of chocolate. On the palate it has really powerful, bold flavour: much more red wine that rosé in many ways, with plenty of spice and rich red fruit - and is that a hint of barrel? Smoky, rich and serious stuff., £10, Wine Studio.
(2011) 100% Garnacha (Grenache) with a very deep, light red wine colour. Creamy berry fruit, with a certain earthiness. The palate has fullness and a hint of sweetness, a jammy richness of fruit that is crowd-pleasing. Balanced acidity, but a big, creamy off-dry style.
(2007) The blend of Tempranillo and Merlot (80% of the first grape, the balance made up of the latter) made by Nekeas in 2006 is a lovely, fresh wine packed with crunchy plum and mulberry fruit, with hints of pepper and dark chocolate. At £5.70 a bottle, it's an absolute bargain.
(2007) I'm not usually a great fan of Merlot, but this not only has rich plum cake, chocolate and blueberries on the palate, but also has a good, ripe tannic backbone and enough acidity to liven things up. Very long. Very good. One of a cracking range of varietal Crianzas - if you can't find the Merlot, the Cabernet or the Tempranillo are also excellent.
(2007) A blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It's quite traditional in style (the influence of an earlier generation of winemakers, perhaps?), with strawberry jam, cedar and vanilla spice on the palate, but it's also rich, elegant and complex.
(2007) The The top-of-the-range Seleccionada is, as the name suggests, a selection of the best grapes from that year's harvest. The 2000 has great depth and complexity, and the fruit, tannins and acidity are all in perfect harmony. A superb, lasting finish.
(2007) You could be forgiven for mistaking this 100% Chardonnay, for top-level Burgundy. A very oaky nose gives way to a refined, elegant palate full of citrus and apple fruit, with nuances of toast and nuts. This is a rich, creamy wine with loads of complexity.
Chivite, Coleccion 125 Reserva 2001, Navarra, Spain, Dry Red
(2007) A late-harvest Muscat Ã Petit Grains. Of all the sweet wines I tasted in Navarra, this one stood out for its wonderful balance, concentration and length.