90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha
Brothers Xabier, Iñaki and Mikel Sanz started this project with a 2007 Graciano but they almost immediately focused on recovering old Garnacha vineyards in the vicinity of Fitero in southern Navarra. Viña Zorzal currently owns and grows 40 hectares, 25 of which are traditional Garnacha bush vines; the remaining land is planted with Graciano and Tempranillo, some Garnacha Blanca and Chardonnay. Wines are made at the family winery in Corella which has been renamed Viña Zorzal. Garnacha-expert and winemaker Jorge Navascués consults for them. The landscape in this subarea of DO Navarra known as Ribera Baja — encompassing the first foothills of the Sistema Ibérico mountain range— differs widely from the distinctive Ebro Valley flatlands, thus the wines show excellent freshness and vibrancy.
What The Critics Say
Parker's Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez
"The entry-level 2016 El Inquilino is a fruit-driven, straightforward blend of Tempranillo with 10% Garnacha from vines averaging 35 years of age on alluvial and limestone soils in the Najerilla Valley. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in 5,000-liter stainless steel vats, where it also underwent malolactic, followed by six months in second use French oak barriques. It's light and fresh, approachable and easy to drink, with virtually no tannins. 9,300 bottles were filled in June 2017. -- El Inquilino Wines is a small project in Rioja by the team of Zorzal in Navarra. For now, they produce some 16,000 bottles between two wines made from Tempranillo and Garnacha in the Najerilla Valley. Winemaking is the responsibility of Jorge Navascués, who is now also the winemaker at Contino."
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