Zestos 2018 Old Vine Garnacha, Vinos de Madrid DO
Item Number: 13014
Sub Region: Madrid
Appellation/AVA: Vinos de Madrid DO
Grape(s): 100% Garnacha
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Granite and sandy
Elevation: 1,883 ft
Not too many years ago, baskets like the ones depicted on the label were use to transport grapes from the vineyard to the wineries. Madrid has recently become the center of one of the most interesting and innovative wine regions on the Iberian Peninsula. The outskirts of this storied royal city are filled with old vines Garnacha situated in high elevation vineyards that have been planted in ideal soils. Madrid is a sort of “great unknown” that is now just freshly discovered.
In the words of Robert M. Parker, Jr, Zestos is “a staggering value”, he also claims that Zestos is “an unbelievable wine for the price”.
Terroir Notes: Zestos old vine is produced from Garnacha vines that were planted in 1950 in the high elevation vineyards of San Martin Valdeiglesias - northwest of Madrid. Today San Martin produces among the most floral and mineral Garnachas in all of Spain. The older the vines the better the wine. Old vines do not over produce. As a result the vines yield fully ripened grapes. Perfectly ripened grapes make wines that improve with time. Zestos means basket in Spanish.
Winemaking Notes: The vineyards of Zesta's fruits are located at 1,883 ft elevation in granite and sandy soil, making it the most extreme climate in the region. The grapes were vinified in stainless steel and cement tanks of 10,000-capacity. Garnachas in San Martin are usually harvested during mid October. Pre-fermentation maceration and fermentation takes 5 days, followed by a longer post maceration period of 10 days. The wine is then aged in cement and stainless steel tanks to emphasize the purity of flavor and the youthful, fresh character of the Garnacha grape.
Tasting Notes: Vivid ruby. Lively red and dark berry aromas show good clarity and a touch of candied flowers. Suppler and seamless in texture, offering juicy black raspberry and cherry flavors given spine by a gentle mineral nuance. Finishes fruity and broad, with a touch of white pepper adding lift and cut.