Las Rocas Garnacha 2008
French and American oak barrels, lightly toasted 10 months
E & J Gallo Winery
A perennial favorite among wine writers for its value, the character of Las Rocas seems to be changing a bit with time; where once the fruit was aged mostly in used barrels and the stony dustiness of Calatayud was the hallmark, now new oak barrels offer vanilla and even dry toast notes. The wine is relatively ripe by the region’s classic standard, with rich cherry accompanied by raisins. Drink now or in the next few years.
The wine shows an intense cherry red color with captivating aromas of vibrant black raspberry and spice box derived from a touch of oak. Exhibiting depth and succulent layers of flavor, the wine is round and full in the mouth. It is truly a wine that speaks for itself.
About the Winery
Bodega San Alejandro (BSA) was founded as a growers’ cooperative in 1962, and its members now farm nearly 3,000 acres of vineyards in the Calatayud winegrowing region. More than 350 local farmers work on the rocky slopes of northeastern Spain to supply the grapes that BSA uses for its Las Rocas wine. Las Rocas is dedicated to creating wines that express the unique charm of Garnacha in a contemporary Spanish winemaking style. Las Rocas Garnacha is indicative of the beautiful, rich, and flavorful style of wines that are now being produced in DO Calatayud.