Canopy is among the top wineries producing organic wines and recuperating ancestral Garnachas located at a high altitude in the beautiful "Sierra de Gredos” not far from Madrid.
Belarmino Fernandez and Alfonso Chacon are the hardworking creators of these wines that, as the famed Michel Bettane said in Shanghai, represent the “renaissance of wines in Spain”.
The vision of these oenologists, interested in what the terroir and the grape represent, has placed their wines at the same level as the best low-intervention French wines, perfectly defined by the term “vin de garage”.
Their wines derive their authenticity straight from the land, by selecting the best vines, caring for them sustainably, clearly identifying each plot with only one or two barrels, and blending them in the bottle to create something out of this world.
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Ratings & Reviews
91 Points - Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate) - 2018 and 2019 vintage
Luis Gutiérrez (Robert Parker reviewer for Spain) notes about this wine:
2018 Castillo de Belarfonso is pure Garnacha from two vineyards in the village of El Real de San Vicente that fermented destemmed and matured in used 600-litre oak barrels for six months.
It's pale, elegant and aromatic, subtle and mineral, showcasing the Gredos character, the high altitude and granite soils.
It has a very fine palate, very good freshness, elegant tannins, supple flavours and a long finish.
This is a fantastic introduction to what Garnacha de Gredos is at a very affordable price.
Surprisingly enough, the 2019 Castillo de Belarfonso is darker and feels riper and more powerful than the 2019 Ganadero, which looks more like a wine from El Real de San Vicente than this Castillo de Belarfonso. This has a longer élevage in oak (500- and 600-liter barrels), and it's meatier (hints of smoky bacon), riper and more powerful, with even more, if still fine-grained, tannins. This is a powerful vintage of Castillo, but it's not as focused and streamlined as previous years.