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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day twenty-seven

Tres Ojos Old Vines GarnachaMy two favorite teams are playing tomorrow in the World Cup, Brasil and Ghana. Sigh. I have to work. I’ll try to have it on in the background. But that’s tomorrow, and today is Thursday, and it feels like it has been Thursday all this week and all last week.

In celebration of Friday being tomorrow, the long Fourth-of-July weekend ahead, and as an early toast to Brasil and Ghana winning, I will drink the Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha 2007 from Calatayud, Spain. (I hope Ghana wins. It’ll be tough because Uruguay has a solid defense.)

Here’s a little history about the estate:

Tres Ojos is made at the Bodega San Gregorio, a cave co-op founded in 1965 that counts 160 members. The president is Gregorio Abad Gil and the vice president is Jose Maria Hernandez. They sell wine to nine different countries. The winery is located in the Ribota River Valley, some 15 kilometers north of the city of Calatayud. Tres Ojos hails from the D.O. Calatayud, located in Aragon, a province unparalleled in Spain by its variety of landscapes (lush river valleys, mountainsides, and semi-desert areas.)  The name Calatayud derives from a Moorish governor named Ayud who built a castle (qalat) at the confluence of the Jalon and Jiloca rivers (qalat Ayud.)  There has been thriving population here as far back as Roman times when the old city of Bilbilis was used as an important staging-post for the Roman legions on their way north to Gaul. (For more information about Tres Ojos, see: http://www.kysela.com/spain/tresojos.htm.)
Tres Ojos Vineyard

Tres Ojos Vineyard

How about that? A cave! Plus, the grapes grow in a semi-desert area. I know there’s a need for the grapes to work and struggle, but a semi-desert? These grapes are gonna be like a suffering artist who, I hope, produces something beautiful.

But first, what’s the difference between Grenahce and Garnacha? I think they are the same, but I want to make sure. I mean, there is a difference between Syrah and Shiraz. Syrah is Old World with Old World passion, while Shiraz is New World with New World bigness. Okay, my research is complete. Grenache and Garnacha are the same. “Garnacha” is Spanish for “Grenache,” which is French.

Where were we. Oh, yeah. Suffering. So, let’s see what suffering looks and tastes like. Vamos.

I love the color. It’s a bright purple, so I sense happiness is coming my way and not suffering. It’s a fun nose that starts off juicy and with berries, then it finishes dry and with dark cherries. There’s a green melon in there, too. It smells like it will be juicy delicious.

It felt cool on the tongue, with a juicy body, and a dry finish. A peppery, dark cherry on the finish. It tastes like it smells. (My girlfriend tastes Little Caesar’s pizza. I kinda get that, too, but leaning more to a frozen pizza with lots of sauce, but a good frozen pizza, like the one you’d have at 2:3o in the morning.)

There’s no suffering here. Not like the Hungarian Bull’s Blood from last night. No, this is nothing but happiness on the front of the mouth. On the finish is where the suffering comes, though, I suppose. But’s it a tasty suffering. A suffering I want to endure again and again.//


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