D.O. Cariñena

Located in Cariñena, in the northern province of Aragón, this is one of the oldest protected growing areas in Europe (founded in 1932). The vineyards are located about 30 miles southwest of Zaragoza, on a plateau known as the Campo de Cariñena. The lower vineyards lie at an altitude of 1,300 feet, rising to 2,600 feet as they approach the Sierra de la Virgen mountains. The climate is continental (long, hot summers, cold winters) with extremes of temperature over the course of the year: 100°F in summer and 17°F in winter. The “cierzo”, a cold northerly wind, helps to keep the humidity low. The main problems for the grape-growers are the risk of hailstones, the strong winds and excessive summer heat, as drought can affect the harvest. However the large difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures is a positive contributory factor to the characteristic intensity of Cariñena wines
The topsoil is reddish-brown limestone over a subsoil of loose rock with a high calcium carbonate content, and in some places, slate and clay

When José Maria Valero retired from his job as a taxi driver in the northern city of Zaragosa, he moved back to a nearby village in DO Cariñena, to work the family vineyard. The vines are over 100 years old, and the varietals are uniquely suited to the harsh extremes of the high-altitude Aragon plain.
Type of Wine: Red Wine
Appellation of Origin: DO Cariñena
Winery: Grandes Vinos, Cariñena, Aragon
Varietal: 100% Garnacha. Vines are well over 100 years old.
Terrain: Cariñena is situated on the high plains of the ancient Kingdom of Aragon in northern Spain. The soil is poor, with little organic matter, made up of reddish dun earth and lots of stones. The climate is continental, with hot summers and very cold
winters; low rainfall is the norm.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: 2 months of oak ageing.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 61º and 65º F
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
When José Maria Valero retired from his job as a taxi driver in the northern city of Zaragosa, he moved back to a nearby village in DO Cariñena, to work the family vineyard. The vines are over 100 years old, and the varietals are uniquely suited to the harsh extremes of the high-altitude Aragon plain.
Tasting notes
Color: Deep garnet.
Nose: Initially you notice explosive, bright fruit: blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
Palate: This young wine is vibrant, lively on the palate, and an ideal complement to cheese, pasta, light meats or pizza.

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $9.99
Available: March 2014
Categories: D.O. Cariñena, Red wines
Javier Ruiz Cristobal and his son, share the traditional values of staying close to the land; their family has been growing the Garnacha and Cariñena varietals for as long as anybody can remember.
Type of Wine: Red Wine
Appellation of Origin: DO Cariñena
Winery: Grandes Vinos, Cariñena, Aragon
Varietal: 50% Garnacha, 50% Cariñena; vines are over 80
years old.
Terrain: Cariñena is situated on the high plains of the ancient Kingdom of Aragon in northern Spain. The soil is poor, with little organic matter, made up of reddish dun earth and lots of stones. The climate is continental, with hot summers and very cold winters; low rainfall is the norm.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: 5 months of French oak ageing, followed by 8 months in the botlle.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 61º and 65º F
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
Javier Ruiz Cristobal and his son, share the traditional values of staying close to the land; their family has been growing the Garnacha and Cariñena varietals for as long as anybody can remember.
Tasting notes
Color: Deep garnet, with burgundy notes.
Nose: Explosive fruit nose.
Palate: This is adeeper and more rewarding wine than you expect. It is full bodied and has a long, satisfying finish. You can pair this wine with pasta, pizza, poultry or cheese. Enjoy it with a light risotto, or any tomato-based dish..

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $14.99
Available: March 2014
Magui Gómez Gómez is (like this wine) young, vivacious and full of life. This rosé (called “rosado” in Spain), is full bodied with plenty of flavor; made with 100% Garnacha this wine is ideal for summer.
Type of Wine: Rosé Wine
Appellation of Origin: DO Cariñena
Winery: Grandes Vinos, Cariñena, Aragon
Varietal: 100% Garnacha. Vines are over 40 years old.
Terrain: Cariñena is situated on the high plains of the ancient Kingdom of Aragon in northern Spain. The soil is poor, with little organic matter, made up of reddish dun earth and lots of stones. The climate is continental, with hot summers and very cold winters; low rainfall is the norm.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the
vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: Stainless steel.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 41º and 55º F
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Released to Market: Spring 2014
About the producer
Magui Gómez Gómez is (like this wine) young, vivacious and full of life. This rosé (called “rosado” in Spain), is full bodied with plenty of flavor; made with 100% Garnacha this wine is ideal for summer.
Tasting notes
Color: Light pink, towards pale onion skin.
Nose: Explosive fruit nose.
Palate: A full bodied rosé, not to be confused with the style of wine making associated with southern french rosé. To be paired with a light meal, or with tapas. It also makes an excellent.

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $9.99
Available: April 2014