2017 Laventura Garnacha Rioja

SKU #1388521 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There is a sensation of high ripeness on the nose of the 2017 Laventura Garnacha, cropped from a warm and dry year. It has a jammy nose with hints of strawberry and cherry. The palate is more austere than the nose would make you think, with fine tannins and moderate acidity. (LG)  (6/2019)

K&L Notes

Native South African Bryan MacRobert grew up in a farming family, and has been quietly making some of that country's best value wines. He fell in love with a girl from Rioja as well as the region's wines (we forget in which order) but quickly became fascinated with the inimitable terroirs and endless potential for wines in the region. A proponent not only of organic viticulture, but also a strong believer in the importance of legacy organically cultivated vines on top quality sites, Bryan is picky about where he grows and sources vines. The winemaking is no frills but clearly well thought out and opinionated; think lots of smaller cement vats and wood in sizes greater than 225L barriques. He's a fan of Stockinger cooperage. Particularly with the whites, these are wines where transparency, minerality and acidity drive the style. From the winery: "This wine is made from Grenache, one of the main red varieties cultivated in Rioja. The grapes are picked by hand, sorted, destemmed, naturally fermented and aged for one year in 600-litre barrels. This wine has a pale ruby colour with primary fruit aromas of red fruit such as cranberry, raspberry, strawberry and red cherry. Secondary aromas such as brioche and cinnamon due to the lees contact and ageing for one year in barrel. The palate is light and textured with a soft tannin. Good acidity, body and length."


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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/14/2019 | Send Email
Their most recent vintage of this stunning Grenache comes from parcels 600 meters above sea level made up of rocky sandstone soils in Rioja Baja. After spending one year in 600-liter oak barrels, this lighter-bodied red features exotic floral aromas and bright red berry flavors. Cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, and cherry paint a vivid picture, with fine details of toasted brioche, vanilla, and cinnamon around the edges. The texture is at once lush and finely pointed. This is truly a delight to all of the senses.

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 14