November 4, 2006

Wine Tasting Note: Viña Alarba Garnacha Viñas Viejas, 2005, Calatayud, Spain

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes
Just like those record review shows where those gathered around the table talk through the tunes they like and remain tight-lipped with a song that grates, this wine just slipped away.
Down on the table, a splash in a tasting glass, another to slurp while preparing the food, conversation flows, the meal is produced and before you know it the bottle is emptied. A sign, perhaps of a decent bottle; one that is imminently drinkable, eases the flow of conversation and lends much, sublimely to a pleasant evening.
Which is the long way round of saying I neglected to pen any tasting notes. Which is fine really, as after a while they make for boring reading. It also explains why the photograph is of an empty wine bottle and clean glasses.
Red WineWine Tasting Note: Viña Alarba Garnacha Viñas Viejas, 2005, Calatayud, Spain.
Purchased from Planet of the Grapes [more info] for £6.99.
The Viña Alarba makes for pleasant drinking in a characterful, deep and brooding way. Made from vines aged between 40 and 100 years from the small region of Calatayud (Zaragoza province). A region perhaps not as well known as the neighbouring Cariñena and Borja regions.

Scribblings Rating – 88/100

1 Comment
  1. Jeffrey Brown February 17, 2007

    the 2004 Vinas Alarba is probably the best value I have tasted in the last 3 yrs. The best way to explain this wine is it makes your taste buds tingle and you cant wait to taste again and again. Very easy with or without food.

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