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A Recent Pair from Viñedos Bernabeleva


My trips and orders of wine from New York City inevitably include bottles fromViñedos Bernabeleva.  You will find background information about this estate in my post A Spanish Wine for Snowy Weather.  The pair we recently tasted both show the need for cellar age.  The 2012 Viñedos Bernabeleva, Camino de Navaherreros, Vinos de Madrid is grapey but has a core of fruit and the concentration to carry it through the short term.  So unlike the previous vintage, I would hold off on drinking this one right away.  The 2011 Viñedos Bernabeleva, Navaherreros Garnacha de Bernabeleva, Vinos de Madrid has both meaty aromas and depth but it also has a structure that needs time to develop.  I suspect the 2011 vintage was a strong one so resist the temptation to smell this wine and let it slumber.  These wines were purchased at Flatiron Wines.

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2012 Viñedos Bernabeleva, Camino de Navaherreros, Vinos de Madrid – $15
Imported by The Rare Wine Co.   This wine is 100% Garnacha sourced from estate and purchases which range between 40-80 years of age.  The vineyards are located at 700-900 meters on soils of granitic sand.  There is 25 day maceration with whole clusters in wood, stainless steel, and concrete tanks followed by aging in large upright old wooden vats. Alcohol 14.5%.  There were tight flavors around a core of ripe red fruit.  There were bright, citric tannins that became a little spicy in the finish.  This wine had grapey, young flavors but shows the concentration required for short-term development.  **(*) 2015-2019.

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2011 Viñedos Bernabeleva, Navaherreros Garnacha de Bernabeleva, Vinos de Madrid – $22
Imported by The Rare Wine Co.   This wine is 100% Grenache fermented in a mix of wood, stainless steel, and concrete.   Alcohol 15%.  The nose was subtle but good with rounded, meaty aromas.  Though closely played in the mouth there was depth.  The structure had very fine tannins that coated the gums yet remained well balanced.  This clearly needs some age.  *** 2016-2024.

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  1. September 3, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    The 2011 version of the Camino de Navaherreros was more to my liking than the 12. the 12 is good, but its softer and riper.. the 11 was simply a brilliant wine.. more structure and acidity.. yet round fruit.. but I still like the 12 too.

    • September 5, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Jason, thanks for commenting. I agree, the 2011 was fabulous.

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