Garnacha… for great occasions (preferably weekly!)
- The elegant and powerful 2018 El Yesal feels very complete, with a chalky texture and the minerality from the limestone-rich soils. It comes from a centenary Garnacha vineyard that delivered a superb wine in 2018, a wine that combines ripeness and full flavors at 15% alcohol with balance and subtleness. It has very fine tannins and a great mouthfeel, finishing dry and very tasty with an almost salty touch. 1,500 bottles were filled in October 2020.
94 pts — Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate (Nov. 2020)
- The red Garnacha 2017 El Yesal was produced with grapes from an ancient plot of vines on limestone-rich soils (“yeso” means gypsum in the Spanish language, and “yesal” is a place where you have yeso). It’s from 0.5 hectares on a slope, and the grapes fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in 300- and 500-liter oak barrels (one of each) for seven months, but they always keep the wine for two winters in the winery. It has a very characteristic nose that I sometimes find in Garnacha from very warm years, with a mixture of soy sauce and malted cereals with a peaty/smoky twist reminiscent of some malt whiskey. It’s heady, aromatic and showy, floral and a little decadent. The palate reveals fine-grained, chalky tannins and very tasty flavors, with an almost salty finish.
Only 1,100 bottles were filled in January 2019.
92 pts — Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #248 (Apr. 2020)