2018 Coto de Hayas Garnacha Centenaria
Since at least 1492, the makings for heady, delicious wine have been present in present in Campo de Borja, a little-known province just north of Rioja, in Spain. Think Chateauneuf-du-Pape, with a different name. The vines are Garnacha, with a warm continental climate moderated by the cool cierzo wind, a limestone-rich soil with a gentle slope down to the Ebro River, and—most importantly— old vines. Thus, even though region is unknown, this wine from Campo de Borja offers a sensational Spanish value.
Coto de Haya’s Garnacha Centenaria opens with a knock-out combination of Garnacha’s cherry fruit, lush blackberry character and kirsch richness coupled with rich vanilla bean, cloves, cinnamon and oak spices. This wine is an up-front, fun-drinking ride. On the palate, think Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s bold Grenache-based flavors coming together with the Spanish countryside. The wine is generous, sumptuous and rich, with a velvety curtain of tannins to carry it through. It’s perfect for full-flavored meals like prime rib and works great as a cocktail too. Or, as a gift – six bottles come in their own handsome wooden crate (picture above). Drinking great now, like a smash-hit Chateauneuf-du-Pape it will age for at least another decade in your cellar.
Campo de Borja may not be the most famous wine in the world … yet. Everything delicious about wine is right here in the bottle. Discover it for yourself. Salud!
“92 points. Best Value.
“Rich and velvety, this red is big but gentle, with raspberry jam, cherry pie and vanilla flavors that caress the palate. Well-integrated tannins give subtle structure while citrusy acidity keeps this fresh.” – Wine Spectator