Saenz - Olazabal is José Manuel’s (of Bodegas y Viñedos Alzania) ‘second’ line of wines from Navarra that are named after his wife Maria Saenz-Olazabal. This lovely couple are both oenologists, and together they create unbelievable quality wines in their small bodega together. A label that focuses on value driven, yet very quality fruit, the Gardacho is absolutely delicious. They follow the same philosophy that Alzania does, with minimal-intervention farming practices, and a soft hand in the cellar. The estate rests in the western sub-zone of Navarra, called Tierra Estella, where the famous trail of Camino de Santiago cuts through several of their vineyard plots.
Saenz-Olazabal 'Gardacho' Garnacha DO Navarra 2016
Saenz-Olazabal’s Gardacho takes its name from a mythical dragon/lizard creature that the local children enjoy telling stories of. It is made from an average of 75-year-old vine Garnacha fruit that is fermented in concrete vats to retain the bright character of the grape. It spent 8 months in old giant French oak vats for a beautiful development before bottling. This wine’s freshness and exuberance are absolutely stunning!
100% Garnacha from estate vineyards
Clay-limestone soils at 500 to 550 meters in elevation.
8 months in 50hl neutral French oak vats.
14.3% Alc., 51mg/l SO2.
"Limpid ruby. Powerful red berry, spicecake and floral scents, along with cola and succulent herb nuances that emerge slowly with air. Penetrating raspberry and cherry-cola flavors show very good clarity and pick up a hint of smokiness on the back half. Fine-grained, even tannins add shape and subtle grip to a very long, lively finish that leaves behind floral pastille and allspice notes. (Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in neutral, 5,000-liter French oak vats for eight months.) 91 Points" - Josh Raynolds - Vinous - March, 2019