In the Aragón region of Spain, you have Bodegas San Valero which is not only a winery but a group comprising 500 winegrowers and 700 partners established in 1944. Bodegas San Valero has a rich history in the region as the first winery in Aragón—and the second in Spain to build a bottling plant, in 1962, marking the transition from inexpensive wines bulk to top quality wines. Though you may be familiar with Garnacha, Cariñena on the other hand may be less familiar. Chances are you know it well, Cariñena is the name of the region but also a dark red grape variety native to Aragón, but also known in France as Carignan. Garnacha and Cariñena are usually blended together, producing a boldly structured wine. Don’t be intimidated by this blend which usually yields a high alcohol level but it’s bursting with flavor.
This 2019 Bodegas San Valero Garnacha Cariñena on the nose is filled with black raspberries, sweet spices, blueberries, wild cherries, and fresh flowers. The palate is filled with fresh red berries, spices and so much more. This is a wine you have to experience and is a steal at the price.
92 IWR - The 2019 Plano Alto is fresh and inviting, as it opens to aromatics of black raspberries, wild cherries, pomegranate, sweet spices and fresh flowers which all jump from the glass. On the palate this is vibrant with fresh red berries, florals and spices. This is accessible today, but should continue to develop nicely over the next 2-3 years.