2012 Bernabeleva 'Arroyo del Tortolas'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $29.94 (reg. $39.94)
You're gonna love this terrific, old-vine find! If you're inspired by the wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Priorat or California Rhone Rangers, or if your cellar is wanting for the best that Spain has to offer, this is an awesome opportunity to fill a niche, all at a terrific sale price!
The fresh and delicious 2012 ‘Arroyo del Tortolas’ truly "represents good value." When we tasted this under-the-radar gem crafted from 100% old vine Grenache, we found that it possesses complexity and intensity that will give the best Chateauneuf-du-Papes a serious run for their money. With fragrant aromas of red and black fruits, sweet-scented Eastern spices and high-toned florals, the palate is at once vibrant and velvety-rich, on par with more expensive Rhone alternatives. Though very enjoyable now, this red should really be in top form with another year or two of age where it will continue to evolve beautifully for 5-10 years.
We’re not the only ones that think the 2012 ‘Arroyo del Tortolas’ could rival some Rhone offerings. Noted Spanish wine critic Luis Gutierrez of the Wine Advocate describes the region’s wines as “halfway between Chateauneuf du Pape and Cote de Nuits! In fact, world-class Garnacha."
Bernebeleva has family vineyards going back to the early 20th century and their current operation is small and intimate. The Wine Advocate describes the tiny Vinos de Madrid area as populated very low production producers with a similar mindset to "the family-owned wineries of Burgundy or the Northern Rhone." This up-and-coming region provides an ideal setting for Grenache to thrive - warm, continental conditions combine with high elevation vineyards and poor, sandy soils to yield wines that deftly balance ripeness with freshness and elegance.
The Wine Advocate calls Bernebeleva's 2012s "their best vintage to date," so if you love top quality wines from the Rhone, Spain or California Rhone Rangers, do yourself a favor and pick up some of this today. Cheers!