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Abril de Azul y Garanza

Abril de Azul y Garanza translates to: affordable, good, drinkable, Spanish red wine.

Before you cry out, “Fake News!” and stop reading, the above statement is partially true. While it is a good, Spanish red blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet, the literal translation takes on the colors of the wine and the month of April. The name of the winery is Azul y Garanza. Two colors. Azul means blue and Garanza is a shade of red. Combining these two colors creates the ruby color of the wine. Abril is the name of the wine, which translates to April, the month.

It’s January in Arizona & my yellow lantanas make it look like Spring… Abril wine from Azul y Garanza is spring happiness in a glass.

Per Fernando, who kindly responded to my email full of questions, the wine is called April, “because this kind of young red wine, usually is launched to the market in spring time and it tastes very fruity, flowered and full of fresh aromas, like the spring time.”

Produced in the Navarra region of Spain, here are some main points: 

  • Medium-full bodied, deep ruby color, a little leathery, deep, dark fruit.
  • Could pair easily with pizza, or a sharp cheddar (Yancey’s Fancy XXX Sharp Cheddar is so good$4.99 at Sprouts).
  • $16 (average price found online for $12.99).
  • Indigenous natural yeast fermentation.
  • Organically grown grapes, without pesticides, insecticides, or chemical fertilizers.
  • European Certified Ecological
  • Bottled after a light clarification & without filtering (quite a bit of sediment in my 2013 bottle).

Notice the sediment when held up to the light. Personally, I don’t mind the sediment at all and find most of the wines with a little bit of grit to be less tampered with and excellent.

Sediment is mainly dead yeast cells, particles of grapes and seeds, and other bits left over from the wine making process. It’s harmless, but not super pleasant when you get to the bottom of your glass and get a mouth full of sandy feeling chunks in your mouth.

 

Tip: If you know a bottle contains sediment (older & unfiltered red wines usually have some sediment) let it sit upright a day or two before opening it so the particles can settle to the bottom. Decant using a light and stop pouring the wine into the decanter before the sediment pours in.

Their vineyards are located next to the Natural Park of the Bardenas Reales of Navarre, in northern Spain. *Image borrowed from Azul y Garanza’s website

When you visit Azul y Garanza’s website, you get the feel they are a passionate group of people who truly care for the environment as well as the wines they produce. I love and appreciate their biodiversity efforts, the care they take not only for the soil and vineyards, but the animals, insects, and plants as well. Salud to them and their lovely wine!

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