Grandes Vinos has the distinction of working with vineyards in each of the 14 growing areas of D.O.P. Cariñena. The result is a depth of product offering that is a perfect complement to the spirit of creativity and innovation that has defined the company since it was founded in 1997.
The wines of Grandes Vinos have earned a global reputation for delivering quality-to-value, and were named an “impressive value” by Wine Advocate.
Grandes Vinos encompasses five distinct winery partners that work in collaboration under one technical team to source and vinify fruit from 10,000 acres of vineyard. The altitude of plantings spans 1,000 to 2,800 feet, with over 1,800 feet in vertical variation to choose from. About one third of the company’s total production is dedicated to Garnacha, although the company is also well known for the local Cariñena variety and many others. The range of vineyard plantings allows the winemaking team to isolate a tremendous specificity of styles and to parcel-select wines for young, value seekers such as Beso de Vino, or cellar-worthy selections, including Anayón.
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Sourced from old vines planted at 1,935 feet, the wine comes from a 6-acre plot of 70-year old Garnacha with unbeatable conditions: 100% dry land, irrigated solely by rainwater, and planted on stony soils. Yields are so low that only 1 bottle is made from each vine row. After harvest and pressing 20% of the free run juice is bled off to increase the concentration. Fermentation is carried out by gentle delestage; after steeping in the grape pulp for over 28 days, the wine is gently transferred to French and American oak barrels, where it remains for over 10 months. To naturally conserve all the intensity, the wine is not clarified or filtered. The wine has a deep red-violet color with a surprising bouquet of cherries, blueberries and blackberries, offset by mature notes of orange preserves, spicy licorice, mineral and toasted oak. Full-bodied and concentrated to taste, with hints of cocoa, chocolate and cherry.
“This sets the stage for an elegant, spicy, incipiently complex wine that will benefit from another 1-2 years of bottle age. Drink this outstanding effort over the next 8 years.” – 90 Points, Wine Advocate (2008 vintage)