Begun as a petite bodega by Marlano Langa Gallego in 1867 in an equally tiny town lost in the Catalan hills, Real de Aragon now possesses 70 hectares of vines in two distinct climatological terroirs and has achieved a reputation as a leader of Aragonese wines. The wines are still aged in subterranean caves of imposing stature, silence, and darkness, and the wines still evaluated daily by the Langa family. The vineyards are at an elevation of 2400-3000 feet, between 32 and 44 years old, grown in a soil mixture of schist, stone, iron, and sand, and produce less than 2 tons an acre. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation in and ages in used American oak barrels for 4 months. The organically farmed Garnacha shows a rich, dark, full body and deep purple color, hints of cocoa, plum, and blackberry, plus a subtle herbal element of green pepper.


Real de Aragon Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain