Garmón 2014

Region: Ribera del Duero D.O.

Grapes: 100% Tinto Fino
Vintage: 2014
Color: Red

30-100 year old vines, grown at average altitude of 900m Fruit sourced from the villages of La Aguilera, Moradillo and Baños Calcareous/clay and sandy/clay soils Yields of 3-4,000 kg/ha Aged 16 months in French oak barrels Bottled in June 2016, released October 2017


Publication Score Comments
Vinous 92 (aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 50 percent of them new) Inky ruby. Vibrant, assertively perfumed aromas of blackberry, cherry liqueur, cola and incense, plus a smoky nuance and a suggestion of vanilla. Sappy, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry, dark berry liqueur and spicecake flavors complemented by licorice pastille and mocha flourishes. Turns sweeter and livelier with air and finishes floral and extremely long; silky smooth tannins frame the intense fruit.
New Releases from Spain Part 1
January 2017
The Wine Advocate 92 The first wine ever produced here is the 2014 Garmón, pure Tempranillo from a diversity of villages all in the province of Burgos, La Aguilera, Moradillo or Baños-Tubilla. All grapes were destemmed and the wine aged in 50/50 new and used French barriques for 16 months. It's quite smoky (smoked bacon) with plenty of spices, generously oaked in general. The sweet spices are combined with sweet fruit, a sensation perceived mainly in the palate. I'd say it's quite typical of the Mariano García style, keeping the Tempranillo character of the grapes in the cooler zone of the appellation, perfumed and with some oak tannins to be resolved by some more time in bottle. This was produced in the Aalto winery, while they build their own space in the village of Olivares de Duero. 36,800 bottles and 500 magnums were filled in June 2016. 2018 - 2024

One of the most anticipated projects in Ribera del Duero is the one from the García family of Mauro fame. Of course, Mariano is a partner in Aalto, so he has produced a few wines from Ribera del Duero before, not to mention his 30 years at Vega Sicilia from 1968 to 1998... So Garmón is the contraction of the surnames of Mariano's sons, Alberto and Eduardo, García Montaña. The project is in Olivares de Duero across the river from Quintanilla de Onésimo in the province of Valladolid. The idea is to produce some 50,000 to 60,000 bottles from vineyards in the villages of La Aguilera, Moradillo and Baños-Tubilla. They produced their first wines in 2014, when they fermented some 38,000 kilos of grapes.

Issue 229
March 1, 2017
Wine Review Online 94 This is the first release of this wine, which is a new project launched by the Garcia family (led by Mariano, Eduardo and Alberto), which sits atop the winemaking hierarchy in Spain with only the Palacios family within sight. A plan to build a dedicated winery for the project is in the works, but for now, there's no doubting that this is an ultra-serious wine, as demonstrated by its very dense pigmentation, expressive aromatics, concentrated body, intense oak signature and very persistent finish. Although another five years of cellaring will be required for this to fully unfold, it already shows excellent purity of fruit (Ribera del Duero's particular strength with Tempranillo) even under a lot of assertive wood notes, and shows lots of little nuances after sufficient airing. Indeed, the wine was notably more complex rather than fading when re-tasted the day after opening, which is invariably a sign of excellent and as close to a guarantee of age-worthiness as one can find. Certainly this can be enjoyed today with robust foods like grilled lamb, but this was built to bloom fully in 5-10 years. Stay tuned...this will likely develop from an excellent to a great wine in years to come, and will also likely to be the first in a string of superb wines under this label.
February 28, 2017
Wine Spectator Insider 92 Loamy earth and black olive notes frame black plum and currant in this solid red. The muscular tannins are well-integrated, with toasty hints on the finish. Tempranillo. Drink now through 2029.
Wine Spectator Insider March 22, 2017