91 points Jeb Dunnuck
"Another one of those incredible value that readers are going to love is the 2017 Garnatxa Negra, which is 100% Grenache from high elevation sandy, granitic soils, all hand-harvested, destemmed, and aged three months in new French oak. Loads of kirsch liqueur, black cherries, licorice, and scorched earth notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, nicely balanced red that has a classy style, good acidity, and fine tannins. It sells for a song yet is the real deal."
Vinous Reverie Notes
The Garnatxa Negra from Espelt comes from their highest elevation vineyard, Rabós, tucked in the Alberes Nature Reserve Area. These are the oldest vines on the property with centenary Garnatxa Negra and Carinyena grow on sandy slate and granite soils. While there are plenty of inexpensive, fruit-forward Garnachas coming from Spain, few have the depth of minerality and complexity found in this old-vine cuvée.