2020 Lechuza Garnacha
Old bush vines (50-70 years) of Garnacha (Grenache) planted on granitic sandy soils that are extremely poor in nutrients. These high altitude vineyards, at 400-600 meters, experience extreme diurnal shifts in temperature–scorching days and frigid nights. The grapes are destemmed and fermented with wild yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel.
90 points Vinous. We don't usually worry too much about scores and points around here, but when one of new picks at $11 gets a 90, that's some nice validation! "Deep, bright-hued red. Red fruit liqueur, candied flowers and white pepper on the fragrant nose. Sappy, smooth and fruit-driven, offering cherry and Chambord flavors braced by a core of juicy acidity. Shows gentle spiciness on the clinging, red-fruit-dominated finish, which is shaped by subtle, harmonious tannins. This wine is ridiculously easy to drink."
Tasting Notes: Silky, spicy, and aromatic, this is a high-toned example of old vine Garnacha. Intense floral and berry aromas with lively acidity, mineral structure, and supple red berry fruit. Bright and succulent, totally sippable. This wine is ridiculously easy to drink.
About Lechuza: It’s Lechuza 2.0 - a new collaboration based in the Gredos Mountains and the DO of Mentrida with Bodegas Tavera. The winery dates back to 1917 and has been passed down through three generations. Today, it is run by Consuelo Gonzalez and her brother, Jesus, with winemaker Belen Hita at the helm. The area is home to old vine Garnacha - many vines over 80 years old.
Méntrida lies northwest of Toledo, flanked by the Sierra de Gredos mountain range. One of the lesser-known regions of Spain, but one of historical significance as vineyards date back to the twelfth century - ancient vines that are typically more synonymous with Aragon. Also of note is the “arcosas” soil type - quartz sandstone with a significant percentage of feldspar - derived from a rapid erosion of igneous and metamorphic rocks.