2015 BOTIJO ROJO "VINAS VIEJAS" GARNACHA VALDEJALON
100% Garnacha, handpicked grapes from a dry-farmed, certified organic vineyard (Las Cellas) with 60-80 year old vines that belongs to Mario’s family. The soils are clay and sandstone with some pebbles. Wild yeast fermentation in stainless steel followed by malolactic in old concrete vessels. Fourteen months aging in 2nd use Allier barrels (300L). The ressult is a wine with vivid ruby red color and aromatic notes of red currant and red cherries against a herby Mediterranean background. This is a fresh, elegant, silky wine with light well-balanced oaky tones, reflecting all the simplicity and ingenuity of its namesake.
About: El Botijo is a limited production red wine, straight from a garage in Valdejalon (North East Spain) where Fernando Mora (MW) and Mario Lopez make wines with the absolute minimum of fuss. The Las Cellas vineyard is owned by Mario’s family, and was sold to the local cooperative for 40 years until Mario and Fernando decided to start tinkering in their garage. It’s named after the ancient clay drinking water container – still used today – to cool water in Spain’s hot, dry climate.
Vino de la Tierra Valdejalón is located in Aragon, west of the city of Zaragoza. The area has long been associated with quality wine, and it’s believed that viticulture here pre-dates Roman settlement. It shares the minerality of Calatayud with the fruitiness of Campo de Borja - both areas sharing borders with Valdejalón. Ninety-seven per cent of the region is planted to Garnacha, many of which are 50-90 year old wines. Currently, there are only two cooperatives and the tiny Garage Wine project.
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