03 Jan New Spanish Reds Tasting
Cool Spanish Wines from Bernabe Navarro
Sunday, January 6
1 to 4pm
At the Bar
Have you had the chance to pick up one of these whimsically labelled reds from Spain! Now’s the time to come by and try them. We’ll have these two new arrivals from Alicante open on Sunday to sample.
2017 Bernabe Navarro Monastrell “Tragolargo” Alicante D.O.
On Sale $12.99
I tasted the 2017 Tragolargo, their younger and fresher Monastrell from younger vines fermented with a mixture of crushed and uncrushed grapes with some stems added in and bottled completely unoaked without any added SO2. It had some herbal aromas that somehow made me think of a cool-climate red rather than a Mediterranean one. Dusty cherries, raspberry leaf and something spicy and earthy makes it very attractive and approachable. It’s not terribly complex, but it’s very drinkable, with some fine tannins, and has the stuffing to stand up to food and develop in bottle for a few years.
90 points, The Wine Advocate
2016 Bernabe Navarro Monastrell/Garnacha “Beryna,” Alicante D.O.
On Sale $14.99
The flagship red 2016 Beryna is now a blend of Monastrell with 30% Garnacha, a Mediterranean blend of older and younger vines and different soils that fermented separately in stainless steel with natural yeasts and aged in barrique for ten months, during which time it was racked four times, blended in the third racking. This is the more mainstream of the reds, with some Monastrell rusticity, hint of tree bark and esparto grass and also an herbal twist. The palate is medium-bodied, with very tasty flavor and fine-grained tannins. It’s a serious, somehow austere Mediterranean red.
92 points, The Wine Advocate