Daniel Ramos 2014 'El Altar' Garnacha, Spain (Sierra de Gredos)

Daniel Ramos 2014 'El Altar' Garnacha, Spain (Sierra de Gredos)

Item Number: 10448

UPC: None

Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Sierra de Gredos
Appellation/AVA: Vino de Espana
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): 100% Garnacha
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Granitic sandy soil with large chunks of quartz
Elevation: 900 meters

Vineyard Notes: El Altar is one of Daniel Ramos' single vineyard cuvées. The vineyard is located near the town of El Barraco in the Sierra de Gredos and planted with a northern exposure. The vines are between 65 and 90 years old. The high altitude and granitic sandy soil help retain freshness in the wine.

Winemaking Notes: Fermentation occurs in plastic bins. The Garnacha spends one month macerating on its skins. The wine ages for one year in 600-liter French barrels. It is bottled without fining, without filtering, and with a minimal addition of sulfites.

Tasting Notes: This is a light and immensely elegant wine. The red fruit (strawberry, cherry, raspberry) is beautifully entwined with herbs and spices.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (6/30/2017)

    There are four single vineyard wines now, El Altar, Los Chorrancos (El Tiemblo), Llano Toledo and Galayo. Of these, I tasted the new 2014 Zerberos El Altar, which is pure Garnacha from the village of El Barraco in Ávila. The vines are old, with one part being 60 years of age and another 80, all on granite-based soils. The destemmed and crushed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in two 600-liter demi-muids for 12 months. This follows the more elegant style of previous vintages of Los Chorrancos, with a floral nose and ripe red cherries. The violets make a strong comeback in the palate, coupled with a clear imprint from the granite soils in the shape of texture. This is tasty and long, with balance, ripe without excess, keeping the freshness, perhaps with a volatile touch that lifts it up.