See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for Garcia Carrion, 2010.
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Garcia Carrion has been keeping Spain and export markets supplied with drinks for more than a century. The company started in wine and is a brand leader in Spain, but it is also a significant producer of fruit juice. The Pata Negra brand covers five DOs and this Rioja Reserva in the line-up has been winning medals internationally over the past year. Brilliant value; we were particularly attracted by the Graciano in the blend (10%), which gave a character of black fruit and an elegant tinge of minerality. A wine from a successful producer who clearly understands what consumers want.
Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW Original interpretation, with lovely balance between balsamic notes and red berry fruit. A complex, very intriguing style.
Sarah Jane Evans MW Clean brambly aromas lead onto a palate full of flavour but refreshed by the black fruit and acidity of the Graciano. A light, lemony acidity matches the dense fruit. Very long finish.
Pierre Mansour Refined, elegant, quality cedar, crisp acidity, chewy palate, quite firm, fresh and beautifully made. Time will bring this many rewards. A sleeper worth waiting for.
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