Abadia de la Oliva Garnacha 2012
Another garnacha! You reach a point where you think you would rather chew on a sock! But this bottle is why you continue to taste. Extraordinary aromas and flavors. And when you read the story of how long this land has been in ther service of wine, shall we say, you will understand.
From the label: In 1134, King Garcia Ramirez requested the Cistercian monks' return to the south of Navarre from Burgundy. In his offer, he granted lands at the banks of the river Aragon and at the gates of the Bardenas Reales desert, a region today known as Tres Riberas. The King provided the monks with what they needed for their development and expansion but the work to build the abbey took considerably more time than it did to bottle the first vintage that very same year. From the outset of 1134, the monks made wine.
With 869 years of history, this is the oldest continuously operating winery in Spain. They grow their grapes on granitic and sandy soils, with a profound quantity of round river stone in the topsoil. They work naturally in both the vineyard and winery. Cement tanks are used for fermentation and aging primarily, with some stainless steel employed in the process.
From the Winemaker: The colour of red ruby, medium to high robe, clean, brilliant, with garnet tones in its meniscus. It is very suggestive on the nose, very open with a wide variety of aromas, from the wood (graphite, lead), spices (cloves, nutmeg), and overripe fruit (prunes). Clear, elegant, long. Intense in the mouth, with backbone, velvety, smooth, sound, balanced, pleasant, and with a retro-nasal finish that's fruity and spacious; it is a long and persistent wine. - Winemakers Notes