Almara Reserva, Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon, Navarra, Spain
Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, A dark, deep colour, the nose is strong and complex, with mature black fruit which also appears in the mouth. The cassis aftertaste is long lasting, and the wine also has a hint of tannin, which gives it a stronger flavour.
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 winemaking methods.