Our friends behind bestsellers El Bombero and La Cantera – award winning Bodegas San Valero – cherish a small vineyard of old, gnarled Cariñena vines. From the tiny, intensely flavoured berries they make this terrific, dark, spicy red – a triumph.
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Beyond the Label
Seriously rich plums, cherries and blueberries with impressive depth
Ripe bramble fruits with mocha, wood smoke and warming spice
Cariñena – also known as Carignan – is a grape and also a region, upstream from Rioja, which produces “fruity, modern, well made wines that offer fantastic value for money” (Jamie Goode, Harpers). Here the sun beats down so relentlessly on the rugged, mountainous landscape that the best vineyards, like Triunfo, are planted at cooler altitudes of 800 metres or more. Age too plays an important role in quality. Precious, gnarled, old vines – up to 60 years in age – yield only tiny quantities of grapes that boast tremendous concentration. Talented winemaker Javier Domeque squeezes every last drop from them to craft a wine of spiced, bramble fruit and supple tannins. A tasty red to serve with country pâtés, casseroles or sausages and mash.
"Big red that smacks of dark fruits and has a smooth lasting finish"
Online Review For the 2018 vintage