The intense red color of our 2013 Garnacha leads to vibrant aromas and rich flavors of dark cherry and blackberry. Nuances of oak and round tannins underscore these decadent fruit flavors to create a well-structured wine that delivers a pleasantly rich body sensation on the palate.
Las Rocas wines come from steep, rocky vineyards in Calatayud at elevations of 2,500 to 3,500 feet. The vines for our Garnacha are 30 to 50 years old and grow in loose, rocky limestone soil. The 2013 vintage brought an unseasonably wet winter which brought much needed relief to drought stress in the region. Dry, warm summer conditions with cooler temperatures than average for that time of year allowed grapes to reach optimal ripeness. Despite lower yields, the slow ripening of the grapes resulted in vibrant fruit of outstanding quality.
Following harvest at the beginning of October, the Garnacha grapes were cold soaked for several days to extract the deep, intense flavors of the fruit. During fermentation, which occurred at temperatures between 75°F and 82°F, the juice remained in contact with the skins for 15 days. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation, which softened the mouthfeel and added depth and nuance to the Garnacha. A portion of the wine was aged in French and American oak barrels with a light to medium toast level for 10 months.
Titratable Acidity: 0.55g/100ml
Alcohol Level: 15.0%
Residual Sugar: .24g/100ml