Don’t tell a Spaniard “Garnacha is the Spanish name for the Grenache grape,” as it has long been averred that the grape originated in the Aragon region of Spain. Recent archaeological finds on the island of Sardinia, however, of 3000-year-old Cannonau grape seeds, now seem to prove that the phrase should be “Grenache and Garnacha are the French and Spanish names for Cannonau.” The name of Denominacion of this wine is further evidence. Cariñena has been producing wine since Roman times, is the undisputed home and namesake of the Cariñena/Carignan/Mazuelo grape, and is located in the former Kingdom of Aragon, which conquered Sardinia in the 14th century. While Carignan is still grown in Cariñena, by far the most planted grape is Garnacha, which is true in most of Aragon. If Garnacha really came from Aragon, then Carignan would never have found sufficient purchase to become its namesake in a place where Garnacha clearly makes superior wine. What is beyond dispute is that Garnacha does wonderfully well in this part of Northern Spain. The alluvial plain along the Ebro River is extremely rocky, like that other bastion of Garnacha, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and with its 1800-2400 feet of elevation, the daily temperatures range is extreme and helps extend the growing season, thus adding complexity. Bodegas Care farms their 50+ year-old vines organically and ages the wine in American oak for 8 months.