The best part about Spanish wines is that in some ways you get your pick of the litter. With Italian and French wines, and even domestically, you’re competing with tons of people for the best product. But, while the wine world still familiarizes itself with Spanish wines beyond Rioja, we can cherry pick the very best deals. Like today…
‘La Xara’ from the Ponce family is a sensationally good $15/bottle of wine. I mean at that price, it’s whatever is slightly above sensational. The Ponce family are kings in Central Spain with 55 hectares spanning a number of different villages.
Parker’s Wine Advocate recently called them ‘one of the leading producers in Central Spain’ when they tasted through the latest releases and after trying a few of their wines, I can see why they receive such strong accolades. These guys are not messing around.
93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2021 La Xara is the latest bottled vintage of their pure Garnacha from a vineyard that benefited from the extra rain from the year and ripened slowly to perfection. They think they achieved more Garnacha typicity here but keeping the freshness and fluidity. It’s only 12.5% alcohol and has a mellow 3.6 pH and five grams of acidity. The full clusters fermented in 4,500-liter oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in 600-liter barrel and 10,000-liter oak vats with the fine lees for seven months. This is austere and serious, with a reticent nose, contained ripeness and a sharp and mineral palate more in the style of a Garnacha from Gredos.
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