Monday, 12 February 2018

Sombrero Tinto 2014 14%, García de la Jara

Opaque black to tight young cherry red rim.
Full, tight, young, still a little closed but there are signs of French oak and a distinct saline note. There is also plenty of fresh black fruit like bramble and blueberry and a hint of strawberry. 
Full bodied with a gentle grip and again that saline note with a light hint of smoke. Along with all those fruit flavours there is an earthy, lightly balsamic touch. One can certainly tell that the wine comes from near a beach, and it is a little unusual, yet it is very pleasant, however it does need a couple more years in bottle.
This unique wine is the only one produced at this tiny bodega owned by the García Saborido family, and the first red to be produced in Sanlúcar itself, on sandy soil only 300 metres from the La Jara beach. The hat is illustrated on the label out of homage to grandfather Paco García who wore it while out inspecting the vines. The  Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah grapes are hand harvested and selected before de-stemming. Occasional pumping over is carried out during fermentation and the wine is aged for three months in French oak before light filtration and bottling.
About 10 euros

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