Vinos de Madrid must be a Grenache lover’s dream. The Spanish wine region that makes this warm climate variety in a finessed, Burgundy style. That’s the promise. The first wines I tried a few years ago left me disappointed, though – they were less extracted than the usual Spanish Garnacha, but they were too funky and rustic. After skipping a few vintages I felt the need for a re-visit, but when tasted the El Hombre Bala 2016, I had the impression that nothing has changed.
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.