Value, vibrant, expressive.
Anciano wines were presented to me by an interesting man, a Scot, named Norrel Robertson, who studied Politics in school, contemplated journalism, but ended up working in a wine store, in London. He became a flying winemaker, studied winemaking in Christchurch, New Zealand, and finally settled in Spain. He makes his own wine and wine for others, acting as a consultant, while buying grapes, and making wine from his own vineyards.
Anciano, for all its classic/old school packaging, was born only a decade ago. The decision was to make affordable, quality wines, and they've succeeded -- they are selling like hot cakes in our market.
The wines are made at Bodegas Navalon, in the heart of Spain, in Valdepenas. The vines are on average 30 years old and sit at an impressive altitude of 700 meters, in harsh, rocky soils.
This wine was aged first in barrel for 18 months, then bottle. It is drinking exceedingly well right now. Expect chocolate, strawberry compote, cedar chips and dried roses and violets with licorice and tobacco. It is fresh and vibrant with attractive textural, yet silky tannins.
Rich Meats , Spicy Food, Cheese - Semi Hard / Medium , Good First Impressions, Tomatoes and Tomato Sauces, Bargain Bottles
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Wine Scores reviewed - 2016-07-06 11:09:08.0