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Varietal: Garnacha
Vintage: 2012
D.O.: Cariñena
Winemakers: Jorge Navascues & Norrel Robertson, Master of Wine
Winery: Bodegas Pago de Ayles


Color: Vivid purple with bright red rim
Nose: Pleasing red berry and violet aromas
Palate: Body, good structure and balance
Finish: Raspberry and wild berry fruits give way to a long, smooth, spicy finish
Food Match: All red meats, game, rich chicken casseroles or pasta dishes

The soil in the Ayles vineyards is clay and calcareous. The vines are on average 15 years old. Harvesting takes place between September and October when the grapes have reached optimum ripeness. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, then 50% spends 3 months in American oak barrels to add a vanilla smoothness and toasty, spicy touch to the flavors.

Ayles, as is much of Aragon, is subject to the "Cierzo", a cooling wind from the North which brushes the terroir and serves as a natural dehumidifier for the vines. Extreme temperature fluctuations between day and night intensify the flavors of the grapes and ensure the unmistakable richness of this Garnacha. Garnacha is considered Spain's second grape after Tempranillo and it produces fruity wines with a wonderful spicy character.

ALC: 14.0%
RS: 3.2 g/l

12 x 750 ml per case
60 cases per pallet (4 layers of 15)
Bottle UPC: 858828001026 / Case UPC: 5060108900362

Cariñena, the largest and oldest of the Aragonese DOs, was one of Spain’s earliest areas to be demarcated, in 1932. It has given its name to the grape of the same name, called the Mazuelo elsewhere in northern Spain and the
Carignan in France.

87 Points—Wine Advocate, Issue # 195, June 2011

“Notions of cherry blossom, spice box, and assorted red fruits lead to a savory, friendly, easy-going wine that offers very good value in a wine meant for drinking over the next several years.”

Norrel Robertson, Master of Wine is a Scotsman living in Calatayud, Spain where he is known locally as “El Escocés Volante” (The Flying Scotsman). He has worked in every aspect of winery operations in both Northern and Southern hemispheres. He studied Post Graduate Viticulture and Oenology in New Zealand.

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