Honoro Vera Garnacha 2020
Honoro Vera Garnacha (Calatayud) comes from old vineyards at a high altitude of 1000-3000 ft above sea level. The vineyards are planted mainly in decomposed slate and gravely clay soils. Vines are dry farmed, without pesticides or herbicides. It is fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 2 months in French oak barrels. Redcurrant and raspberry with silky tannins.
Vintages2021 2017 2016 2015 2011
The Honoro Vera wines are produced at Gil Family Estates wineries in four appellations in Spain: Jumilla, Calatayud, Rueda, and Rioja. In each region, the goal is to showcase the character of the native varietals. These wines are made from high quality grapes, planted at high altitudes, giving them complexity and balance that overdelivers for the price. Fruit forward, with soft tannins, and fun, modern labels.
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.
Calatayud DO is a wine region tucked into northern Spain’s regions just south of Rioja, about 55 miles (90km) from the provincial capital, Zaragoza. When Calatayud attained DO status in the 90s, it rapidly became Aragon’s second largest quality wine-producing region after its neighbor, Cariñena. Since then, it has focused on upgrading and perfecting its wines with progressive improvements in both cooperatives and private bodegas. Similarly, there has been substantial investment in new technology, winemaking system, and vineyard research. Thanks to this, Calatayud wines are now beginning to show their true potential.
The principle red grape varieties grown are Garnacha Tinta, Tempranillo, Syrah, Bobal, Monastrell.
Many of the new wineries are exploring the potential of the Garnacha grape. A new category of red wines called Calatayud Superior is made from red Garnacha from low yield vines that are at least 50 years old.
The principal white grape varieties in Calatayud are Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca, Malvasía and Chardonnay.