2016 El Escoces Volante Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha Vinas Viejas

Year: 2016
Appellation: Calatayud
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"The 2016 Es Lo Que Hay is now sold without appellation of origin and contains some 5% each Syrah and Moristel from different vineyards, grown on slate soils. It fermented and matured in concrete for 18 months and was bottled completely unoaked. It's subtle, fresh and elegant, with a juicy palate, vibrant and with good complexity. It was slightly warmer and more tannic than the 2013 I tasted last time. It has the straight character of the slate soils, with hints of Mediterranean herbs. 5,000 bottles were filled in October 2018.

Scotsman, Norrel Robertson produces a wide range of wines, mostly from Calatayud, even though some are sold without appellation of origin." (WA)

Winery Notes:
"ES LO QUE HAY" It´s what there is / It is what it is / That´s how it goes. A common Spanish expression but one I like to reserve for the few old high altitude Garnacha vineyards that survive in Aragon . What you taste in the bottle is a true expression of what there is in the vineyard. It's as simple as that.

High altitude ancient vineyards at 1000 to 1100 metres above sea level with apizarra slate and quartzite soils. Completely dry grown and unirrigated this is an inhospitable continental climate with extreme changes of temperature were mountain herbs, almonds, cherry trees and Garnacha form a breathtaking patchwork. Low annual rainfall of 200-300mm and the remarkable soils produce fine and elegant Garnacha which is punctuated by intense black fruit flavors with complex mineral, smoke and garrigue notes.

Color: Impenetrable purple Bouquet: Pronounced aromas of crushed violets and zarzaparrilla (also called Rough Bindweed or Common Smilax). Intense yet refined with lifted, perfumed fruit and wild mountain herbs. Taste: Full bodied, with rounded tannins, crisp acidity and a long mineral finish.