Just to the southeast of Rioja in the province of
Zaragoza lies the small denomination of Cariñena,
which is largely credited with providing the name of
the grape, better known as Carignan. A landscape of
high plains and gently rolling hills, Cariñena features
a classic continental climate of long, hot summers and
cold winters. Low humidity makes it wonderful for grape
growing, as do the soils which are highly desired claylimestone
topsoils with calcareous or slate substrates.
Despite the region’s name, the most widely planted
grape is Garnacha.
Relatively full-bodied, Garnacha-based
wines make ideal partners for robust,
hearty foods, but they also tend to be
rounder, softer and less tannic than
many other Spanish reds, most notably
Tempranillo. As such, they work well
with spicier dishes and rely less on
rich, protein-based, ingredients. The
Ayles Aldeya Garnacha works well
with veal, pork and feathered game,
and it will not overwhelm richer
seafood dishes like paella. It is also a
superb accompaniment to young soft
and semi-hard cheeses.
Serve at cool room temperature (64°F).