Grape(s): 70% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot
Localization: La Mancha, Spain
Tasting Notes: A cool, minty, rubbery nose revolves around smoky berry aromas. This is mostly Tempranillo, with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, and on the palate, it bounces from point to point. A short blast of blackberry and plum flavors finishes with power, acidity, and a gamy quality.
The Domain: Pago de La Jaraba is a family-owned winery built in the heart of La Mancha. While they can trace a history of notable regard for wines grown on the estate back to the mid-1700s their current goal is to produce high-quality, exclusively estate-sourced, flag-waving examples of the new “modern-traditional balanced” wines coming out of Spain. They follow traditional, sustainable methods and farm 80 hectares of vineyards. In addition, they also grow cereal crops – wheat and barley as well as sunflowers, almonds, pistachio, and olive trees. Finally, they raise their own flock of sheep on estate scrub/forest both to enhance and protect soil quality and for the production of artisan Manchego cheese.