2014 Garmon Continental Garmon Tempranillo

Year: 2014
Appellation: Ribera del Duero
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Loamy earth and black olive notes frame a core of black plum and currant in this solid red. The muscular tannins are well-integrated, giving way to minerally and toasty hints on the finish. A savory style, with good depth. Tempranillo. Drink now through 2029. 2,750 cases made. -TM " (WS)

"The first wine ever produced here is the 2014 Garmón, pure Tempranillo from a diversity of villages all in the province of Burgos, La Aguilera, Moradillo or Baños-Tubilla. All grapes were destemmed and the wine aged in 50/50 new and used French barriques for 16 months. It's quite smoky (smoked bacon) with plenty of spices, generously oaked in general. The sweet spices are combined with sweet fruit, a sensation perceived mainly in the palate. I'd say it's quite typical of the Mariano García style, keeping the Tempranillo character of the grapes in the cooler zone of the appellation, perfumed and with some oak tannins to be resolved by some more time in bottle. This was produced in the Aalto winery, while they build their own space in the village of Olivares de Duero. 36,800 bottles and 500 magnums were filled in June 2016.

One of the most anticipated projects in Ribera del Duero is the one from the García family of Mauro fame. Of course, Mariano is a partner in Aalto, so he has produced a few wines from Ribera del Duero before, not to mention his 30 years at Vega Sicilia from 1968 to 1998... So Garmón is the contraction of the surnames of Mariano's sons, Alberto and Eduardo, García Montaña. The project is in Olivares de Duero across the river from Quintanilla de Onésimo in the province of Valladolid. The idea is to produce some 50,000 to 60,000 bottles from vineyards in the villages of La Aguilera, Moradillo and Baños-Tubilla. They produced their first wines in 2014, when they fermented some 38,000 kilos of grapes." (WA)

"(aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 50 percent of them new) Inky ruby. Vibrant, assertively perfumed aromas of blackberry, cherry liqueur, cola and incense, plus a smoky nuance and a suggestion of vanilla. Sappy, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry, dark berry liqueur and spicecake flavors complemented by licorice pastille and mocha flourishes. Turns sweeter and livelier with air and finishes floral and extremely long; silky smooth tannins frame the intense fruit." (VM)

"This dark, concentrated number is new from the García family, known for the wines of San Román and Mauro. Like most reds from this clan, this is loaded with blackberry and toasty oak aromas. A massive, raw palate shows abrasive tannins. Oak-forward flavors of blackberry, cassis and coconut finish woody and powerful. Drink from 2018–2028." (WE)

Winery Notes:
With Garmón Continental, the Garcia family complete their trilogy of wines and wineries in the Duero Valley - Mauro (Tudela de Duero) and San Román (Toro) - with an exciting and unique family project based within the D.O. Ribera del Duero focusing on old vine - native clone - Tinto Fino.

The debut vintage, Garmón 2014, is sourced from a selection of vineyards aged between 30 and 80 years, grown on small plots in four municipalities in eastern areas of the Ribera del Duero: Baños, Tubilla and La Aguilera on the right bank of the river and Moradillo on the left bank. Initial production was just over 36 600 bottles and 500 magnums which will increase in future vintages to around 80 000 bottles.

With Garmón, the Garcia family is committed to ancestral viticulture with limited production, low vigour, old vineyards and native clones, located at the higher altitude and cooler riverside areas. Here, the poor clay-limestone soils along with a longer maturation cycle and later harvest have combined to produce a wine with super refined fruit expression, tension, controlled depth and maturity. A wine that truly reflects its terroir.

The new winery is located on the banks of the river on a 3 hectare estate in the village of Olivares, just 15 km from Mauro.