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Bodegas Nekeas El Chaparral Old Vines Garnacha 2018

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750ML / 15% ABV
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750ML / 15% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Expression of the most Atlantic Garnacha in Spain. Vivid garnet color. Juicy and spicy on the palate with red fruit and black and white pepper flavors. Accents of coffee and minerality. Elegant, fine, and delicate, but supported by firm tannins.

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JS 92
James Suckling
A fresh, vivid grenache with sliced-plum, citrus-rind character and hints of cream. Medium body. Delicious fruit. Nice tension to this.
V 92

Deep garnet. Mineral-tinged cherry, raspberry, vanilla and exotic spice aromas show excellent clarity and take on a smoky nuance with air. Appealingly sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy red fruit, rose pastille and spicecake flavors energized by a minerally topnote. Shows impressive energy and florality on the persistent finish, which is given shape by polished, even tannins.

JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from old vine Garnacha (60- to 130-year-old vines), the 2018 El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa has a Rhône-like perfume of spiced strawberry fruits, peppery herbs, dried earth, and incense. These carry to a juicy, medium-bodied Garnacha with a light, graceful texture, nicely integrated tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's a terrific value that will evolve nicely for 3-5 years.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of
COMMENTARY: The 2018 Nekeas El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa is a smooth-drinking Garnacha. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers pleasing aromas and flavors of dried earth, savory spices, and red fruit. Pair it with grilled chicken thighs. (Tasted: March 21, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
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Although the scenic Valley of Valdizarbe has always been considered one of the best areas of production in Navarra, and viticulture here is centuries old (proved by documents from the 15th century unearthed in Añorbe), viticulture in this region was threatened during the 20th century due to depressed grape prices and extreme weather conditions.

Bodegas Nekeas became one of the first wineries to bring back life to the wine making Traditions of this valley. Although the winery has evolved in the three decades since its birth, the eight founding families: Lizarraga, Urricelqui, Sola, Lacunza, San Martin, Huarte, Erviti, and Echarte, remain committed to the care of the land and the tradition of wine making that was passed down from generation to generation.

The original leader of the group, Francisco San Martin, is still the acting president. Manuel Urricelqui is the technical director, and Concha Vecino is the general manager and winemaker.

The winery produces a diversity of high quality, affordable wines from both indigenous grapes and international varieties. Cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay on trellis mixes with old, gnarled vine Garnacha and Tempranillo. Nekeas’ top wine, El Chapparal de Vega Sindoa, is one of Spain’s most unique Garnachas. Navarra is a region that typically used its old vine Garnacha for the production of rosés, but Bodegas Nekeas decided to take its oldest single Garnacha vineyard, planted 80 years ago, and produce an Atlantic expression of Garnacha that is completely unique compared to the warmer climate expressions found elsewhere in Spain.

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Just north of Spain’s famous Rioja region, Navarra excels in the production of full and fruit-dominant reds and good quality, dry rosés. Garnacha holds most of the land under vine, with Tempranillo coming in second place.

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Grenache thrives in any warm, Mediterranean climate where ample sunlight allows its clusters to achieve full phenolic ripeness. While Grenache's birthplace is Spain (there called Garnacha), today it is more recognized as the key player in the red blends of the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and its villages. Somm Secret—The Italian island of Sardinia produces bold, rustic, single varietal Grenache (there called Cannonau). California, Washington and Australia have achieved found success with Grenache, both flying solo and in blends.

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