Call me Typhoid Mary… or actually please don’t. I’ve used this term on a fairly frequent basis throughout the years (I tend to get sick a lot), so when I actually Googled the term I was a touch taken back when I found out that there actually was a Mary who this term came from. Apparently (according to Wikipedia) she lived from 1869-1938, was a cook and took out 3 people while infecting 49 with Typhoid Fever. She died during her 2nd isolation which lasted nearly 3 decades. Again my info on that topic is coming from Wikipedia so who knows how true it actually is.
Wow, that’s sad and so totally unnecessary when it comes to Wine… I only bring it up because when the time came to try and share this lovely Vino I ended up getting a flu and cold that put me out of proper tasting-for-fun commission. Luckily I did get in some technical notes when I felt the flu coming on.
Soooo… From a Technical Standpoint : The Atteca Old Vines 2012 Garnacha from Spain
The nose has beautiful Oak notes to it, not overbearing just beautifully integrated giving wafts of vanilla and a touch of biscuit. This wine also a fair amount of liquorice and deep cherry. The tannins are super soft in this wine with notes of choke cherry, green plums, raspberry, leather, chocolate, tobacco and a bit of wild game. I actually think that, though you can absolutely drink this beauty now, holding it for the next 2 years wouldn’t be a bad thing. (It holds enough acidity to support such ageing). This wine also sits at 15% alcohol so it’s definitely a food wine. I mean it can be enjoyed alone but having lamb shank or beef stew, and a nice starch like some barbequed potatoes would just elevate your experience.
The vines are planted on hillside with low rainfall, this allows for the juices within the grapes to become more concentrated, in Calatayud (South of the Ebro in Spain). This accounts for the soft savoury nature of this wine. Calatayud has some very well priced, good quality wines so it’s interesting to keep an eye out for product coming from that area. Also… food for thought, though not from the same area in Spain, there are some lovely Cava’s out there that I think may be able to topple the current Prosecco rage by next summer (start trying them now and you’ll be revered as an expert by friends by the time they catch on).
I end this post by saying that I am sorry I had to start so such a dark note, life of a wine taster and writer isn’t very interesting when you can’t enjoy it with others. I’m very happy I tried it before I was totally out of commission because this is a beauty of a wine to pick up.
I ensure you I’ll have something more interesting to say next post. I hope, however, that you did learn something and will give more Spanish wines a shot; they’re very much worth it.
Cheers for now