Palacio de Sada Crianza, Navarra, Spain 2011

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Palacio de Sada Crianza, Navarra, Spain 2011


Decanter Magazine - 95 Points

Sada is a remote village in a mountainous part of Navarra, so we were quite surprised to find winemaker, Maria Eransus, working there, having cut her teeth at the great Rioja Bodega Remelluri prior to a stint at Concha Y Toro in Chile.  It would be like finding Nicolas Anelka playing football for Mumbai City (errr, news just in…). The draw for her, she told us, was the chance to make ‘cool climate’ Garnacha from seriously old vines (some planted in 1888!) and the result is a more elegant expression of the grape than usual with a clean, refreshing fruitiness and no more than a subliminal hint of vanilla from the oak, despite spending a year in French and American barrels. An excellent example of modern wine-making applied to time-honoured raw materials. 14% alc. Drink now-2022.


Decanter Magazine

This winery has extensive vineyard holdings, altogether some 500ha, the result of its former life as a co-operative with 38 partners. Navarra’s co-ops were built around Garnacha production until the decision late last century to renovate the region by converting to Cabernets and Merlots. The winery relaunched itself over a decade ago, making the traditional repertoire of rosado, crianza and reserva. Its holdings in the Baja Montaña zone also include 200ha of old Garnacha vines, which go into the top wine. This excellent crianza shows exactly what good young Navarra Garnacha is all about, with straightforward expression of fruit and a year in oak.

Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW: "Discreet, restrained and elegant, with classic red berry fruit and lovely floral hints. Well structured, finely grained, sensual, deep and complex. Top-quality Garnacha fruit."

Sarah Jane Evans MW: "Floral with cedar notes and oranges paired with red fruits. This is an opulent style of Garnacha. Deliciously long and succulent palate. Spicy, savoury finish. Very good wine." 

Pierre Mansour: "Tarry nose and an intense, controlled palate of fine tannins and a full finish. Definitely a food-worthy wine."

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