Organic Wine Tasting: 2005 Garmendia Selección

2005 Garmendia Selección, Organic-Ecological Wine
Bodega: Bodegas y Viñedos Garmendia of Grupo Altube
D.O./Zona: Vino de la Tierra, Castilla y Leon
Country: Spain- España
Type of wine: Tinto con Envejecimiento en Roble – Red with aging in barrel
Alcohol (vol): 14%
Price: 25 Euros (Spain), $35-40 approx. cost in US
Varietals: Tempranillo and Merlot
Color: Ruby Purple with blue tinges
Nose: Licorice, vanilla, berries,chocolate and cafe con leche (coffee milk)
Mouth: Licorice, prunes, chocolate, red berry taste. It is a full bodied wine that is well-balanced and elegant with a med-long persistence on the tongue. You can taste the Merlot but it is not overpowering the Tempranillo, which is nice becuase you get the best of both worlds in this wine.
Elaboration: Aged 24 months in Fench oak barrel
Recommended with meat dishes such as a marble steak and served at 16-18 degrees C (around 65 degrees F)

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Ever wonder what it would be like to taste wine with the actual wine maker who made the wine?

I had the opportunity to visit Garmendia Winery and Vineyards in Vizmalo in Castilla y Leon, Spain. It is actually what you would call a Finca or an estate where they not only have an organic winery but also for example grow grain for race horses. This country estate is located between the spanish cities of Burgos and Valladolid.

In this tasting, Raul Tamayo, the enologist or wine maker and Maria Burgoa, managing director, invited me to taste three of their best selling wines in the US.

We tried the Garmendia 2010 Gran Seleccion White- made from Verdejo grapes and ages for four months in oak barrels, 2005 Tinto Envejecido en Barrica (Crianza- Style- Tinto aged in oak for 16 months) and finally the Garmendia Seleccion 2005 with 24 months in french oak.

I was especially impressed with their Blanco Seleccion white wine which was fresh and had incredible aromas of tropical fruit and a wonderfully clean finish.  There are only 600 of these bottles made.