Honoro Vera – Garnacha; Calatayud, Spain; 2020 

 March 1, 2023

By  rackhouse

The Honoro Vera wines are produced at Gil Family Estates wineries in four appellations in Spain: Jumilla, Calatayud, Rueda, and Rioja. In each region, the goal is to showcase the character of the native varietals. These wines are made from high-quality grapes, planted at high altitudes, giving them complexity and balance that over-delivers for the price. Fruit forward, with soft tannins, and fun, modern labels.

Honoro Vera Garnacha comes from the Calatayud region and comes from old vineyards at a high altitude of 1000-3000 ft above sea level. Calatayud is a wine region tucked into northern Spain’s regions just south of Rioja, about 55 miles from the provincial capital, Zaragoza.

The vineyard sits between 2,300 to just under 3,00 feet above sea level.  The grapes are being harvested from vineyards that are 30-40 years old. The vineyards are planted in mainly decomposed slate and gravely clay soils. It is fermented in stainless steel tanks for 15 days and then aged for 2 months in French oak barrels. It exhibits greater aromatic complexity, richness with mineral, and blueberry notes leading to a savory and spicy wine that is nicely balanced and easy to drink.  Thinks redcurrant and raspberry with silky tannins. This wine mixes with food very easily with flavors that could be matched with everything from goat cheese, cured meat, grilled vegetables, red sauce pasta, and mushrooms, to almost any roasted or grilled meat including chicken, beef, and lamb.  Grilled fish could also see a benefit with this wine.

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