Arribes de Vettonia Juan Garcia Crianza 2009


Winemaker(s): Bodegas Arribes del Duero ABV: 13.5%
Origin: Arribes, Castilla y Leon, Spain Closure: Cork
Grapes: 100% Juan Garcia Size: 75cl
Life Span: Enjoy it by end of 2014


Juan Garcia was a 17th century Spanish pirate, not a new Spanish World Cup striker! It’s also the name for a rare Spanish red grape that brings plenty of rich, deep midfield flavour including some hints of spicy balsamic notes.

It is native to the Arribes del Duero region up on the Spanish-Portuguese border. Juan Garcia is often mistaken for Cabernet Franc in tastings. Unsurprising really because you can pick up the same sort of herbaceous aroma, but we think there’s a fair amount more fruit to this Juan Garcia from Arribes de Vettonia.  And as for Crianza? It means it’s been aged in the training camp for at least two years, including at least six months in oak. This wine really is quite wonderful for under £10, so perfumed and rich to taste.

Flavours: Red cherries, blackberries, rose petals, chocolate, and a touch of oak.
Team up with: Think lamb, game or hard cheeses.Or don’t think, just enjoy sat on the bench
Home ground: Arribes, Castilla y Leon, Spain. 100% Juan Garcia