Maker: Bodegas ADA, S.L., Navarra, Spain
Varietal: Tempranillo and Garnacha Blend
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Red Guitar Navarra 2005 was an interesting find on our local shop shelf – it’s an uncommon mix of 55% Tempranillo and 45%Garnacha. Its aroma is a mix of berries, leather, and carmelized sugar. The flavor, if given a chance to breathe, is a well-structured combination of blackberry, oak, and tannins. This Red Guitar wine isn’t as fruity as some California blends, but isn’t overly mineral in nature either. We like it a lot, and its uncommon composition makes it an interesting find for entertaining. This is labeled as an “old vine” blend. We can’t say how much impact the age of the vines has, but it’s certainly a nice enough wine for the price.
This wine is generating a bit of interest among wine bloggers. Tom Casagrande says, “a fragrant nose of spicy ripe raspberries, cinnamon, stones, and cream. Medium full-bodied and pure in the mouth, with penetrating, tight fruit, some youthful, but soft, tannin, and a clean, spicy fruit and mineral finish.” Winewaves tasted it, too: “Aromas: Sour cherry and grape, a bit candy-like, with dried fruit notes and hints of spicy vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and rustic with gravelly tannins. The fruit flavors are well extracted and jammy and the finish is warm and dry.”
This is a nice choice in multiple ways – it’s a solid wine, it’s affordable, and it’s different in origin and composition. Give it a try.