The latest wines to be added to our portfolio come from our Cuevas de Arom winery in Campo de Borja. Tuca Negra and Pedra Forca join As Ladieras and Os Cantals to complete the range that we make underground in a cave.
The names are all in Fabla or Aragonese – the Latin dialect that was traditionally spoken in these parts. By choosing names in this language we are showing our respect for the area and our determination to create wines that listen to the grapes and express the terroir in a region that has been better known for competitive pricing than world class wines; a perception that we aim to change, by releasing only singularly excellent wines.
The name of this wine comes from the words for “rock” and “pitchfork” in Fabla, because the top of the nearby mountain evokes the half-moon shape of this rural implement.
Like Microcósmico from Bodegas Frontonio, this is our “democratic” wine, a wine created so that everyone can experience balanced wines from DO Campo de Borja. Sourced from a number of parcels around Ainzón, just over 13,000 bottles were created of this Rhône-style blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Syrah. It is made 100% in cement with 20% whole bunches so the red fruit and mineral notes can shine through.
The nose blends spiced blueberries and red fruits with violets. It is fresh with firm tannins and an elegant structure and a long finish, and was awarded 92 points in the Guía Peñín.
Tuca Negra is “Pico Negro” in Aragonese, meaning black mountain peak, a name that it shares with another tool that would have been used to break the rock of the steep slopes of our vineyard – a pickaxe. From 550m-altitude plot, it represents the very pinnacle of wines from the village of Ainzón. 100% Garnacha from vines of around 70 years of age, the grapes were partially de-stemmed, foot-trodden and fermented with wild yeast in open barrels with punch-downs. After fifteen days of post-fermentative maceration it was aged in old Taransaud barriques of 400 and 500l for 15 months.
Extraordinarily complex, it has a vibrant nose of raspberries, redcurrants, blackberries, clove and cedar. On the palate it is powerfully mineral, muscular, fresh and complex with firm tannins balanced with extraordinary acidity. It displays electric tension.
A mere 953 bottles were made of the 2016 vintage, and with an outstanding 94 points awarded by the Peñín Guide, there are very few bottles that have not yet been allocated, even though it will not be released until Christmas.