90-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Gold Medal-Sélections Mondiales 2007
92 Insider Points

REVIEWS

"Bodegas Lomablanca’s Garbarda II and Garbarda III are excellent values noted in the Best Buy Chart at the end of this report. The wines are all produced from the 95 hectares of estate vineyards. The 2003 Garbarda IV is a blend of 25% Garnacha, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 15% Tempranillo, and 15% Merlot aged for 19 months in French and American oak. Deep crimson-colored, it offers up an expressive bouquet of toasty oak, mineral, earth, black cherry, kirsch, blueberry, and black currant. Smooth textured, intense, and well-balanced, it has enough structure to unfold for another 4-6 years. Lengthy with a pure finish, it will drink well through 2025."- Wine Advocate

You’re in luck, this wine was just delivered from one temperature controlled warehouse to ours, and we’re smack in the middle of the optimum drinking window.  Soft red fruit on the nose, with violet and baking spice over  a subtle earth note.  The wine is tasting fresh and lively, which makes me think it was tight and rather difficult on release.  The palate is dry and floral with cassis, plum and red cherry over notes of tobacco, rose petal and black pepper.  Drink now through 2016. - DZ Aug, 2014

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Red Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Aragon, Spain
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Deep, concentrated and imbued with dark mineral nuance, the Gabarda IV Gran Reserva  is an intense and focused blend from the stony, high elevation Ebro river plains around Zaragoza.

From a continually family owned winery, founded in the heart of what is now the D.O. of Cariñena in 1903 by señor Ignacio Marín, this high-scoring, oak-aged, structured red is just unfolding into its perfect stage of evolution. WA rates it an outstanding 90 points, and notes: this age-worthy gem has legs for another decade!

The blend: 25% Garnacha, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 15% Tempranillo, and 15% Merlot from the winery’s estate vineyards, high up at over 2,000 ft in the slopes of northern Spain’s Aragon region. The elevation brings intensity to the fruit, with perfect sunshine ripening the berries and dramatically cold nights preserving the freshness.


 

Four reasons we love it: 

The Gabarda vineyard is named after the wild roses native to the region; these sensitive blooms love the free draining clay-limestone soil which is also so perfect for high-quality vinegrowing.

The Ebro Valley is home to many famous Spanish D.O.s/D.O.C.s: Rioja, Navarra, Calatayud, Campo de Borja and more. Cariñena has, in recent times, been producing top quality wines focused on Garnacha, often with additions of noble varieties Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot, and frequently with local Tempranillo, grown in the very highest sites. The grape known in France as Carignan often plays a small part in the blend, too.

This 2003 Gran Reserva was aged in barrel for 14 months, and held in bottle for some further years prior to release. It’s now at a good point of evolution, having started to open up but with another 8-10 years drinking potential.

Well-balanced and long, with a pure core of deep blue, black and red fruits, this is an impressive wine to enjoy with someone who will appreciate good wine as much as you do.

TASTING NOTES 

Deep crimson-colored, it offers up an expressive bouquet of toasty oak, mineral, earth, black cherry, kirsch, blueberry, and black currant. Smooth textured, intense, and well-balanced.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Collection Gavarda arises with the impetus of youth of the new expression of Carignan, land of history, expertise and passion for wine. Style, innovation and creativity are the maximum on this ambitious project is structured. A step forward. Located 45 Km. South of the city of Zaragoza.
Bodegas Ignacio Marin continues to work to keep a reference in Carignan, land of history and passion for wine. His extensive industry experience is reflected in his new collection "Gavarda" finding the perfect balance between knowledge of and experience with new modern technologies in an environment of respect for the environment.

The human factor in Bodegas Ignacio Marín is the turning point of this balance. Professionals in the know-how and years of experience with the concern on innovation and adaptation to new formats of our current and changing environment, a step forward to incorporate the best of tradition with the most modern processes to ensure a result of the highest quality.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Gran reserva) benefit from more simply prepared food. Enjoy this wine with hard sheeps’ cheeses such as Manchego, although a mellow rioja reserva is a generally reliable choice with a cheeseboard - unlike many reds.