Senorio de Barahonda 2016 'Carro' Tinto, Yecla DO
Item Number: 11916
Sub Region: Murcia
Appellation/AVA: Yecla DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 50% Monastrell / 20% Syrah / 20% Merlot / 10% Tempranillo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Chalk and limestone
Elevation: 2,239 ft
Case Production: 6,000
Terroir Notes: Carro, made by Bodegas Senorio de Barahonda in the DO of Yecla, is a perfect example of how Spain offers the best wine values in the world. The vines grow in limestone soil, which receives a mere 8-10 inches of rainfall each year. With a winemaking heritage that dates back to 1925, the Candela family owns about 340 hectares (840 acres) of vineyards. Yecla is one of only a few wine regions in Spain that has remained unaffected by phylloxera. Carro's richness, depth and profound earthy flavors will transport you to the arid, rugged and tranquil terrain of Yecla.
Winemaking Notes: Each grape variety is harvested separately in small boxes during the cool morning hours and then the grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. The skins mix with the juice before and after fermentation for fourteen days. The temperature during fermentation is kept to a medium level (about 25C or 77F) in order to extract a bit more tannin from the skins. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and ageing for three months in stainless steel tanks before the different grape varieties (Monastrell, Syrah, Tempranillo and Merlot) are blended prior to an additional 2-3 months of ageing in tanks before bottling.
Tasting Notes: Lurid ruby. Aromas of cherry and licorice are complemented by a suggestion of dark chocolate, and a smoky nuance emerges slowly. Spice-tinged red and blue fruit flavors show very good depth as well as vivacity thanks to a spine of juicy acidity. Finishes quite long, with lingering spiciness, gentle tannins and an echo of sweet red fruit. This unpretentious, juicy red will pair well with most any flavorful dish served on the backyard deck, at the beach or at a picnic. Grilled cheddar burgers with bacon, BBQ brisket or pulled pork and pressed Cajun chicken sandwiches all fit the bill.