Grapelive: Wine of the Day December 10, 2016

2015glam2015 Alfredo Maestro, Garnacha “El Rey del Glam” Spain.
Coming from two select plots of organic vines near his home in Penafel, Alfredo Maestro’s El Rey del Glam 2015 is a wonderful and easy to love Grenache done in a fresh Carbonic juicy style. Set in the Castilla region not from from Madrid, these vines, one block from Navarredondilla and the block in Penafiel get long warm days and cool nights, making for decedent ripe flavors, but with enough acidity to keep these fresh, and Maestro in this wine is looking for fun and lighter refreshment. The soils here are perfect for this wine with veins of granite, clay rich and with a calcareous backbone giving the wines perfume, spice and mineral tones to go with the density of the fruit from the heat of the summers here, which also favors Garnacha, like it does in the southern Rhone. The 2015 El Rey del Glam is flamboyant and fruity, as it’s label suggests! Got to love Alfredo’s playfulness with this succulent Garnacha, it shows red raspberry, pomegranate and fresh picked strawberry fruits as well with the carbonic candied cherry in the background along with a light dusting of cinnamon, pepper, gravelly stones and flinty earthiness. With air, best to serve this almost Beaujolais like red a touch chilled, it opens open on the nose with floral detail and hints of licorice and tangy currant. This all natural, stainless tank raised, native yeast fermented Garnacha saw no SO2 (sulfur) added and is made for early and often drinking, it is the most complex and impressive vintage to date of the El Rey del Glam, and is wonderfully enjoyable. Drink now!
($22 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive