Conde Galiana Gran Reserva 2004


For the first full on home cooked Sunday Lunch of the year we decided to crack open this bottle. We are not really sure where it came from but it has been sitting on the wine rack for a while so we thought we would give it a go.

The wine really complemented the roast beef well. It was a nice full bodied wine and would recommend it with red meat.

Named after a local family who date back to the Knights Templar, this wine comes from the little medieval town of Horta de Sant Joan in the southernmost corner of Cataluña. Josep Gurrera Descarrega, who has 20 years’ winemaking experience in the region, combined Tempranillo from 35-year-old vines, with a portion of Cabernet Sauvignon, plus a little each of raspberry-rich Garnacha and deep, spicy Cariñena – the latter harvested from 60-year-old vines in arid Tarragona.

Two years in American oak casks have mellowed the wine and lent a considerable layer of toasty spice and vanilla.Soft and silky enough for savouring on its own, this venerable Gran Reserva shows particularly well with steak with a morel sauce, lamb, or a selection of tapas.

I personally would not rush out any buy another bottle as they are many others i would happily try again over this wine, but still a nice bottle.

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