Almara Crianza, Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon, Navarra, Spain
To some, Navarra is where Pamplona’s Fiestas de San Fermin “Running of the Bulls” is held annually.
However, Navarra’s first documented wineries date back to the 1st century. In the past the region has been overshadowed by its neighbour Rioja. But times are a changing, in recent years their wineries have been modernised and are now producing reds that have the world of wine taking note.
Bodegas Macaya is a typical example of this new found approach, the family have been growing vines on their lands for years and in 1999 bought the old village winery in Larraga in the Ribera Alta region of Navarre, the winery was upgraded and renovated and now combines new technology with traditional wine making methods.
This wine is an equal blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep cherry red colour with aromas of black berries, blackcurrants and leather, with light notes of black peppercorns and a slight menthol background. Well structured mouth feel; meaty and fresh, with powerful fruitiness and well-polished sweet tannins. Expressive, with a long finish and a very pleasant aftertaste.