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Winemaker Notes

Lurid ruby. Aromas of cherry and licorice are complemented by a suggestion of dark chocolate, and a smoky nuance emerges slowly. Spice-tinged red and blue fruit flavors show very good depth as well as vivacity thanks to a spine of juicy acidity. Finishes quite long, with lingering spiciness, gentle tannins and an echo of sweet red fruit. -- Josh Reynolds

Wine Information

The Candela family know their way around the Yecla DO and its native grapes, having founded Señorío de Barahonda in 1925 and handing down their artisan spirit through four generations. They live with the conviction that good wine is made in the vineyard, and their estate is farmed accordingly. Their 340 hectares (840 acres) are planted on sandy limestone soils and farmed organically, using no additional irrigation despite the extremely dry climate. Here, gnarly-looking Monastrell vines stand their ground against the scorching summer days and freezing winter nights, occasionally soothed by a westerly Mediterranean breeze. Winemakers Augustin Carrion and Araceli Gonzalez Martinez are key figures who have shown the potential of Monastrell in Yecla. Carro Tinto is completely unoaked, making it unapologetically juicy, bright, and eager for a sunny day by the grill. It complements the power of Monastrell with smaller proportions of Syrah, Merlot, and Tempranillo, making a wine that is both rich and approachable. In a word, Carro is the best introduction one can taste from the extreme vineyards of Yecla.

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