(2014) >From vineyards in Navarra, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, this unoaked and youthful Tempranillo has plenty of deep colour and a super-fresh, curranty and crunchy nose of black berries and cherries, with a hint of charcoal adding a dry, serious note. On the palate there's plenty of sweet black fruit, bursting with ripeness, though medium bodied and retaining freshness into a long finish of gentle tannins and cherry-juice acidity. Deliciously quaffable, vital stuff and great with chorizo or, indeed, chilli con carne.
(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.
(2011) Another Rosado from Navarra, this Garnacha (Grenache) comes from a vineyard planted in 1953. It has a deep, very crimsony pink colour, and a nicely cherry-fruited nose with a hint of red liquorice. On the palate it is firm and juicy, the pleasing old-vine concentration very natural and nicely grippy, with a long, balanced finish.
(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.
(2007) Although the 2006 vintage of this old-vine Grenache rosé might be past its best by the time you read this, I've tasted a couple of vintages of this wine and it's always spot on. The 2006 was a dry, red fruit and spice-tinged wine with refreshing, zesty acidity and a pretty decent finish.
(2007) This is a saignée from the Garnacha red, of around 10% - 15% of the must. Pale, quite vibrant pink colour. Very open and fruity, with lovely bright rose hip and cherry notes, and plenty of soft, summery strawberry. A nice sweet-fruited edge to this, with really bold, crunchy, mouth-filling fruit. The acidity is fresh, and there's a terrific tang of herbs and crunchy pomegranate acidity. Lovely stuff.
(2007) It's unusual to find a varietal Graciano, but No 7 is made exclusively from this grape. It shows intense raspberry fruit on the palate, tinged with flowers and spice, and exhibits the grape's typical crisp acidity, along with firm, ripe tannins. This wine needs food - preferably a hunk of rare steak or lamb.
(2007) Six months in older French oak barrels. Tank sample of the final blend, which was about to be bottled when I tasted it. Very bold red colour, with a distinct pink rim. Bold, crunchy, very haunting Garnacha fragrance, with plenty of bright, schisty raspberry fruit and tiny notes of liquorice, cherries and mint. Lovely finesse on the palate, and the fruit profile follows through, with some structure, and plenty of bold, crunchy fruit and terrific acidity. Real tang, vibrancy and length here. Most impressive.
(2007) This cuvée is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Tempranillo and Merlot mixed into the blend. A voluptuous, complex palate of black fruit, spice and liquorice cloaks elegant, fine-grained tannins, the whole brought to life by vibrant acidity. This is still a young wine, and the oak needs time to integrate fully, but it should come together in the next year or so.
(2007) >From a plot of 90-year-old Garnacha that yields only around 20,000 bottles. 20% New wood, all French and in barrel for a year. It has a dense, solid crimson colour with some pink on the rim. Concentrated, silky, very intense with a curranty richness, but not stewed or raisined - a very fresh, minty character, with bold fruit and a background. Beautiful palate, with masses of silky fruit flooding across the palate and a really grippy tannic structure. Spices and herbal notes and a fleshy, long finish.