The Garnacha from Campo de Borja I was waiting for a long time… I’m a fan of the region, following it since 2012, and while some wines like Alto Moncayo impressed me in a way, there is one thing which prevents me from really liking these wines: heavy-handed winemaking. Too much oak and acid adjustment, to be more precise.
Hitting 16%, this Chateauneuf du Pape has the highest alcohol in this series. La Centenaire is made entirely from Grenache, which is supposed to handle heat far better than Syrah for example, but to see such alcohol content on the label is not just a bit worrying. Yet this was the winner of the trio (the other two are the El Telar Monastrell and Maccone Primitivo), when it comes to handling alcohol.
Following the Puglia Primitivo, here is an other genre which tends to achieve high alcohol levels: Monastrell from south-eastern Spain. According to the label, this example, the El Telar2016 from Bodega Vinnessens has the same the alcohol content as the Primitivo (15.5%), but it looks more out of balance in comparison.
Do you buy high alcohol red wines? I do, sometimes. While I prefer balance in my wines, I admit that I tasted some impressive high octane reds in the past, and from time to time I still like to try some. Especially in winter time, when it’s still cold and dark enough here in Central Europe, despite climate change.
The winner of our recent Szamorodni blind tasting. Took the first place for all the three tasters, and got the same high scores, too. It’s in a completely different class, everything else looked a simple drink in comparison, except the Gizella.