Jardín de Lúculo: Los Bohemios 2012

Producer: Bodegas El Jardín de Lúculo
Wine Name: Los Bohemios
Type: Red
Wine Region/ Appellation: Navarra
Vintage: 2012
Grape varieties: 100% Garnacha (Grenache)
Alcohol: 13,5 %
Guide Price: 9 €

Our Rating: ++++ (4)

About the area

The Navarra denomination is an exceptional location, virtually unique in the Iberian peninsula as it becomes the confluence of the Atlantic, Continental and Mediterranean climates present elsewhere in the peninsula. Its proximity to the Bay of Biscay, the influence of the Pyrenees mountain range and the temperate influence from the Ebro valley are the key factors that give Navarra its unique range of different climates.

The last two decades have seenongoing changes in the wine-making sector in Navarra.

Firstly, in the eighties, non-native varieties were introduced such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These varieties started to be grown alongside the native Viura, Tempranillo and Garnacha (the latter being the most widely grown and most popular variety in the area); these are international varieties that are well suited to the region which, whilst not neglecting the enduring potential of the traditional grapes, aided the development of new wine styles.

Now Garnacha is key to the Navarra fine wines and their “terroir”.

About the wine

At the heart of the project was the restoration of old Garnacha vines grown in the traditional goblet system. Key to the changes in the Navarra wine scene has been the conservation and recovery of old vineyards.

The producer has 21 select vineyards, small plots in the municipalities of Artazu , Mañeru , Cirauqui and Adiós.

The average vine age is well over 60 years old and have been selected and cared for during years by Rafael San Martin, a traditional winemaking enthusiast who has collected them over the years.

All of them grow Garnacha following organic farming techniques. Harvest takes place in October. The must is then fermented in large cement tanks, where it rests all winter. Then is stabilized and bottled. Naturally we are this is a young wine.

Tasting Notes

Intense red, showing violet reflections. Ripe fruity nose, predominantly red fruit (redcurrant). Banana. Sponge cake. Violet sweets.

Fresh and soft in the mouth. Thin tannins. Spicy. Easy-drinking. It shows elegant notes of bitterness, reminds one of cocoa. Not very long finish, but fine and pleasant.

I love this Grenache wines with soft goat cheese, and also with “piquillo” peppers, served warm with garlic and virgin olive oil.


Tilenus Roble 2010

Producer: Bodegas Estefanía
Wine Name: Tilenus Roble
Type: Red
Wine Region/ Appellation Bierzo
Vintage: 2010
Grape varieties: 100% Mencía
Alcohol: 14,5 %
Guide Price: 9 €

Our Rating: +++++^ (5+)

Here is the 10th Spanish Wine under 10 Euros according to our Ranking. (Vintage 2009)

About the area

See previous post about Bierzo.

About the wine

More than ten years ago, with the help of top oenologist Raúl Pérez, the Frías Family commenced a journey of hard work: recovering old vines sitting on small vineyards that have as of today almost 40 ha. of these almost centenarian vines. These small vineyards have clay minerals soils, and are located mainly in the valleys and alluvial conglomerates around Pieros and Valtuille de Arriba.

The harvest is particularly labour intensive as it can only be done by hand, since there is not enough space for tractors and also the slopes are too steep. Each vine has a limited efficiency which often lies below 1.2 kg.

This cuvée of Tilenus is aged in french and american oak between 8 and 10 months and then rests in bottle for around 12 months. The oenologist will review it and only will declare it ready when it has reached the most optimal ageing time. 


Deep red hue with a purple-blue rim.

Lovely pure cherry and blueberry fruit in the nose, marmalade, violet sweets and chilli. Charcoal with mint notes. Fresh grass. The savoury, firm palate shows good acidity. Well balanced. Strong and square tannins. Elegant bitterness. Very long, tasty and fruity finish. Easy drinking wine.

Perfect to drink now or in a couple of years. Will be great with trout and bacon or with barbecued vegetables.

This was the best vintage of this wine I ever tasted.