92 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): "The new 2018 Colección Origen El Vivero de Usaldón is an homage to the old Usaldón vineyard that Bernabé used to work that was ripped out and replaced by almonds. It contained Rojal, Garnacha Peluda and Forcallá del Arco that were used to plant one hectare of mixed varieties, which were used for this wine. It's a five-year-old vineyard in Finca Casa Balaguer, and they used 30% full clusters and the rest uncrushed grapes to ferment in tinajas with natural yeasts, pressed after it finished fermenting and put back in the tinajas for four months. It's clean, precise and quite fruit driven but not banal, with an earthy touch. The palate is medium-bodied and revealed fine tannins and good freshness. It's 13% alcohol and feels just perfect and very balanced. Drink: 2019-2022. (Apr 2019)"
VINIFICATION: Made Garnacha from 25 years old vines. 30% full clusters and the rest uncrushed grapes to ferment in tinajas with natural yeasts. 4 months in clay amphorae. No filtering and no SO2 added.
Winery notes: "Intense purple color. Aromas of red fruits appear on the nose and black, even some floral notes. It has balsamic, esparto and dry leaf nuances as well as clay and clay notes own the amphorae. In the mouth the wine is fruity, lively, cheerful and with a balanced acidity. It is a red wine with texture, half body and a medium drink finish. Food Pairing: Rice, pasta, light dishes, Tapas, Manchego Cheese, Ibérico Ham."
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