Navaherrerros is a red wine made from grenache grapes from every vineyard in the Bernabeleva estate.
The ages of the vines range from 40 to 80 years and planting densities from 1,900 to 2,200 vines per hectare. Vineyards are manually harvested. Vinification takes place in wood, stainless steel or concrete tanks, depending on the features of the grapes, for each site is vinified and aged separately.
In 1923, Dr Vicente Álvarez-Villamil bought Bernabeleva, an estate in San Martín de Valdeiglesias (Madrid). It’s located at the foot of the Cerro de Guisando and the Gredos mountains and adjacent to the Tórtolas stream that formed the border of two Roman provinces: Lusitania and Tarraconense.
For decades, Dr Álvarez-Villamil’s descendants have fondly taken care of the old vines he planted, with the intention of someday producing quality honest wines. In Bernabeleva, they work the vineyard with a respect for balance with nature. Eco labels are not their aim, although they work to be worthy of them. The wines, produced from autochthonous varieties, show off differences in orientation, vegetation, altitude and soil of each locale. Bernabeleva strives to maintain the virtues of the raw material they obtain from the vineyard.
91 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
The 2008 Navaherreros Tinto, also 100% Garnacha, was aged in seasoned oak barrels. It displays greater aromatic complexity in its display of cigar box, Asian spices, incense, and black cherry. The wine has excellent volume, precision balance, lively acidity, and a pure, silky finish. It is an outstanding value meant for drinking over the next 5-6 years.
91 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
Vivid ruby. Red and dark berry preserves on the nose, with complicating notes of licorice and mocha. Lively raspberry and blackberry flavors stain the palate and show very good precision, complemented by an exotic floral quality that gains power with air. This suave wine finishes with strong cut and sweet persistence.