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
Winemaker notes on current 2017 vintage
"Clear, medium intensity, ruby colour wine. Clean, high intensity aromas of red fruit such us raspberry, strawberry, red cheery, also black pepper and earthy notes. Dry and fresh, soft tannins and medium body. Red fruits flavours, mineral hints and a long finish. -- This was a vintage of exceptional quality but with very small volume."
Parker's Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez (2016 vintage)
"The fruit-driven and heady 2016 Garnacha is a blend of grapes from 12 vineyards in the village of Fitero, higher in altitude and fresher than most of what surrounds it where the Mediterranean influence is stronger; Fitero delivers more freshness. Some 20% full clusters were used for the fermentation in 20,000-liter stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and bottled without any oak. It's juicy and supple, with a nice mouthfeel, ideal for food. This is a very good introduction to Garnacha from Navarra. 49,000 bottles produced. -- I noticed a nice progression in the wines from Viña Zorzal (do not confuse it with the project from the Michelini brothers in Mendoza, Argentina). They are advised by Jorge Navascues from Cariñena. They work mostly with vineyards in the higher altitude village of Fitero, some of them amazingly old. They are clearly on the way up, with better wines each vintage, irrespective of the character of the year. There is a big change in 2015, but what I tasted from barrel and tank from 2016 was even better. The best is yet to come. Clearly one of the names to watch in Navarra."
Star Buy in The Daily Mail, Olly Smith (2015 vintage)
Wildly poised between juicy and svelte with butch, chewy fruit -- a splendid summer red."
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