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Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha Vinas Viejas
El Escoces Volante
Spain - Aragon - Calatayud

“ES LO QUE HAY -  it is what it is. A common Spanish expression, but one I like to reserve for the few old high altitude Garnacha vineyards that survive in Aragon . What you taste in the bottle is a true expression of what there is in the vineyard. It´s as simple as that.”

High altitude ancient vineyards (75-100 years) at 1,000 to 1,100 meters above sea level with Pizarra slate and quartzite soils. Completely dry grown and unirrigated, this is an inhospitable continental climate with extreme changes of temperature where mountain herbs, almonds, cherry trees and Garnacha form a breathtaking patchwork. Low annual rainfall of 200-300mm and the remarkable soils produce fine and elegant Garnacha which is punctuated by intense black fruit flavors with complex mineral, smoke and garrigue notes.

Specifications
Appellation
Calatayud
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
95% Garnacha, 5% Moristel, Miguel de Arco and Provechón (Bobal)
Age of vines
75-100 years
Agricultural Practices
Organic
Soil type
pizarra slate and quartzite soils
Vinification
Grapes stored between 0 and 1 º C in in a cool room then crushed to an open cement tank. No wholes bunches were included to obtain greater fruit purity and a juicier texture and to reduce possible harder tannins from the Moristel. Cold soaked for around 5 days until spontaneous fermentation took place. Hand plunging twice a day followed by extended maceration on skins with malolactic fermentation. Ageing on fine lees in flextank eggs for 15 months before a light earth filtration and bottling.
Production
661 (9-liter cases)

Reviews and News

2018 Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha Viñas Viejas - 93 PTS - WA

2018 Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha Viñas Viejas - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"The red 2018 Es Lo Que Hay, comes from a vintage Norrel Robertson describes as "one of the standout years in our 17 years producing Garnacha." This is mostly Garnacha, with just 5% other grapes, as it comes exclusively from two old vineyards in the village of Villarroya de la Sierra, and such vineyards always have a small proportion of other grapes, mostly Moristel with a little Miguel de Arco and some Provechón (Bobal). All the varieties fermented together destemmed after a five-day cold soak with the natural yeasts and then matured in Flextank egg for 15 months. This is softer, with more clay and limestone influence rather than the slate soils from the vineyards used in the past for the cuvée. This has more depth and complexity, perhaps from the other grape varieties that complement the Garnacha, and probably has a little more acidity and tannin. It has tension, minerality and good acidity, probably from the Moristel, which tends to ripen a little later than the Garnacha. Tasty. Again, not a shy wine at 15% alcohol but nicely balanced. 3,966 bottles were filled in March 2020.- Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #248, April 2020), 93 pts

2016 Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha Viñas Viejas - 92 PTS - WA

2016 Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha Viñas Viejas - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"The 2016 Es Lo Que Hay is now sold without appellation of origin and contains some 5% each Syrah and Moristel from different vineyards, grown on slate soils. It fermented and matured in concrete for 18 months and was bottled completely unoaked. It's subtle, fresh and elegant, with a juicy palate, vibrant and with good complexity. It was slightly warmer and more tannic than the 2013 I tasted last time. It has the straight character of the slate soils, with hints of Mediterranean herbs. 5,000 bottles were filled in October 2018. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #240, December 2018), 92 pts

2013 Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha Viñas Viejas - Excellent/2 stars - WP

2013 Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha Viñas Viejas - Excellent/2 stars - WP

wplogo"Garnacha from Spain has become a popular cheap red in recent years. Its spicy, fruity expression contrasts with the earthier character the wine has in France, where the grape is known as grenache. The Es Lo Que Hay has that racy Spanish character, with some nice depth and structure to add interest. - Dave McIntyre"
- The Washington Post (May 2016), Excellent - 2 stars

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2013 Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha Viñas Viejas - 92 PTS - WA

2013 Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha Viñas Viejas - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"The 2013 Es Lo Que Hay wears the subtitle Garnacha Viñas Viejas from old plots on slate soils in the zone of Alarba-Acered in Calatayud, with some Syrah thrown into the fermentation tanks. It fermented in open concrete tanks and aged in underground concrete vats with lees. The nose mixes black fruit with notes of licorice and Mediterranean herbs. This is juicy, with good density, fine tannins and very good freshness provided by the slate soils and the conditions of the year. It has a very tasty finish. This has a lot more freshness than a couple of vintages ago. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #231, June 2017), 92 pts

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