2011 Zestos Garnacha Old Vines

Year: 2011
Appellation: Vinos de Madrid
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"A staggering value, Patrick Mata brings in 10,000 cases of the 2011 Zestos Garnacha Old Vines, which was vinified in a combination of stainless steel and cement tanks. Made from old vine (over 40 years of age), high altitude (2800 feet) Grenache, this head-pruned vineyard planted on granite soils has produced an unbelievable wine for the price. Lots of kirsch, strawberry, black currant and licorice aromas jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, richly fruity, surprisingly intense red. Drink this pure, sexy effort over the next 1-2 years.

CVA is the abbreviation for Cia de Vinos del Atlantico." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Zestos is an easy-to-drink wine with body, brightness and loads of charm. Produced by Manuel Martinez in the Vinos de Madrid DO region. ‘Zestos’ means ‘basket’ in English. Not too many years ago, baskets like the one on the label were placed on donkeys to transport the just-picked grapes from the vineyard to the winery. This simple, eloquent image is meant to recall the tools from the past that were once used to harvest grapes. Manuel Martinez, belongs to a third-generation wine family that has been producing quality organic wines in Madrid's three subzones. In addition to being the capital of Spain, Madrid has recently become the center of one of the most interesting and innovative wine regions on the Iberian Peninsula. For example, 90% of Vinos de Madrid DO wines are made from organically grown grapes. The outskirts of this storied royal city are filled with old vines Garnacha situated in high elevation vineyards that have been planted in ideal soils. Madrid is a sort of “great unknown” that is now just freshly discovered. Most Spaniards are unaware that Madrid makes wine and because Vinos de Madrid is not yet “on the radar” of Spanish or American wine consumers, it is a great source of incredible values today.

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