The Phoenecians brought the first vines, then the Monks brought a few ideas on how to work them. For 700 years the Moors imposed their ideas. Then the Monks came back.
Even the Americans showed up, late, with some oak to store the wine for 24 months.
Being even later to the party, we decided to add pita and tzatziki from the other end of the Mediterranean, butspice the kefta Moroccan Style.
This is Most worthy. surprisingly silky. 60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, 10% Cariñena. All from 40 to 50 year old bush vines. The grapes were handpicked in the morning, then cold-soaked prior to fermentation for 96 hours at 43º F to extract color, fruit and flavor. Fermentation took 8 days in stainless steel tanks at 82º F; the wine stayed on the lees up to 20 days. Tempranillo and Cariñena aged for 24 months in French oak barrels; Garnacha aged for 24 months in American oak barrels of 225-liters. After blending, the wine spends an additional 36 months in bottle.
Buy two, and put one away for a later date.
CARINENA GRAN RESERVA – MONASTERIO DE LAS VINAS 2011
Regularly $19.99, The Goddess had it on sale for $16.99