2015 Bernabeleva "Camino de Navaherreros" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid SKU #1283625


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Tasting Notes

This is as elegant an example of Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache) as you are likely to find. Catalan winemaker Marc Isart Pinos is taking old vines, applying excellent viticultural work, fermenting in foudre (with some whole clusters used, as well as long maceration on the skins for further complexity/elegance), and bottling with a minimum of sulphur to create this beautiful, expressive wine. A good bit more tangy, racy and serious than most Grenache at this price, the Camino de Navaherreros is sure to please those who prefer layered nuance and energetic flavors. Having visited the winery a year ago, and tasted the current release alongside the previous year's (both delicious) I can confidently say that this wine only continues to improve and show more interest for those who wish to lay down a few bottles for several years. The 2012 seems a bit darker fruited, more open, less nervy but still very fresh, when compared to the past few vintages. It's a terrific introduction to what this winery is capapble of achieving with the Garnacha grape! Awesome Grenache--for my money, the best in the store. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    I've been hand-selling this wine in the store for years now, but I guess some secrets are simply too good to keep to yourself. Since we're doing a bit of email and letting the cat out of the bag, I guess I'd better do some of the same gushing here. This is quintessential Spanish red wine, the kind that opens your eyes, electrifies your taste buds, and has you asking: "Are the other wines from Spain this good and this affordable?" I feel that way about most of the Garnacha wines we carry, but this is the best Garnacha I've ever had. It's plump, concentrated, and simply bursting with red fruit, but it's not monolithic or one-noted by any means. There are earthy undertones; brooding waves of darker berries and savory herbs. It's a complex wine, one that morphs over the palate into a number of incarnations. Bernabeleva has been my go-to sub-$20 red since 2012 and I've probably put over 500 bottles of it into the hands of Redwood City customers over the years. Now the secret's out. Please don't drink all of it!


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