Edra Grullas de Paso 2011
This wine is a blend of 30% Tempranillo, 30% Granacha, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Harvest is carried out by hand in the early morning in large boxes, which are taken to the winery at the end of each morning for processing. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged for 4 months in oak before bottling. The wine is labeled Ribera del Gallego-Cinco Villas, a name that means ‘banks of Gallego’ (Ribera del Gallego), a reference to the river that flows north-south through the region into the Ebro River. The second part – Cinco Villas, or ‘five towns’ – is the name of the region (Aragon) that it occupies. Aragon in located in the northwestern part of Spain.
This wine is deeply aromatic with scents of mint, black plum, black licorice, and olive tapenade unfurling out of the glass. It’s a full-bodied wine with bright acidity on entry and gritty tannin that finishes fresh. Flavors are of dark, ripe berry fruit. It’s intense, a big mouthful! Pair this wine with a rich and hearty dish (just don’t make plans to do much besides slip into a food coma after you eat) – try Pork Braised in Milk.
The Edra vineyards are located on the southern skirt of the Pyrenees. It’s nestled inside a special conservation are for ornithology. Cranes rest twice a year here, during the southerly migration from colder northern Europe to the hotter North African one. And then again, they stop on their way back north. These migratory birds have upheld this pattern for millennia. Hence the depiction of a crane on the label.