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

ES LO QUE HAY "“ It´s what there is / It is what it is / That´s how it goes. 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 at 1000 to 1100 metres 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 were 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.

Color: Impenetrable purple
Bouquet: Pronounced aromas of crushed violets and zarzaparrilla (also called Rough Bindweed or Common Smilax). Intense yet refined with lifted, perfumed fruit and wild mountain herbs.
Taste: Full bodied, with rounded tannins, crisp acidity and a long mineral finish.

Specifications
Appellation
Calatayud
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Garnacha
Age of vines
75-100 years
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
pizarra slate and quartzite soils
Vinification
Fermentation in concrete, then aged underground sur lie (on the lees) for 18 months. Unfiltered.

Reviews and News

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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Founded in 2003, El Escocés Volante – “The Flying Scot” – is based in Aragón, Spain. The operation is dedicated to the production of high-quality wines, with a particular focus ...
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