Picking a wine on nothing but the name, label or bottle sometimes works, more often it doesn’t. That’s exactly what I did when buying this ‘Cubist Old Vine Garnacha 2012’ that was made in the mountains south west of Aragon in north eastern Spain with 100 year old vines, hence the ‘Old Vine’ on the label.
I paint a bit and Picasso happens to be one of my favourite artists, so I actually picked it because I liked the name and bottle which I must say was particularly heavy and I loved the Picasso style label of a bunch of grapes on twisted old vines. Was it any good? Read on to find out.
Made with 100% Garnacha, it was surprisingly light in the glass, expected this to be a little darker but it did have a really pronounced smell of smoke (bonfire ash), a little bit of cherry fruit and raspberries but it was the smokiness that really stood out which I found quite appealing.
In the mouth it again felt lighter than I thought it would considering the 14% alcohol content but bursting with fruit and very aromatic with cherries, blackberries and a hint of strawberry, the smokiness was there but not as full on as the nose and finishing with a kick of spice.
This really was fruit dominant but along with that lovely aroma of smoke this was a pretty nice wine that you could drink on its own, with a plate of Tapas or with a main meal.
Around £9.99 in Waitrose this was a great impulse buy and I will be going back for more.