Can we discuss Calatayud?

The Calatayud wine region is situated in the province of Zaragoza and covers an area of 5,600 hectares. The Calatayud wine region consists of 15 vineyards (Bodegas), which produce 14 millon liter of wine annually. There is a very big export market for wines, mainly red, from this area and here in Alberta we are fortunate to find some on the shelves. Here is my impression of a recent red I opened, please add any thoughts or comments.

TN: 2006 Bodegas v Vinedos del Jalon Calatayud Claraval Seleccion Especial, Aragon.

$20.00 Cdn, good natural cork, opened and decanted one hour. 14% alc, blend of Grenache, Tempranillo, Syrah, Cab Sauv. Co-operative, high elevation.

Color. Nice deepish garnet, no sign of any age.

Nose. Dark fruits quite muted, even on day 2. Some red fruits, some earthy notes here. Strawberry, hint of oak?

Palate. Entry is dry, soft/supple tannins. Very “old world” in style, no fruit bomb here folks. Full-bodied, berryish, cherry, in fact quite tart but tasty. No real heat here, seems to be at its best potential right now. Some riper/brighter fruits on day 2 and less astringent on the finish.

Went very well with a honey/garlic marinaded pork tenderloin.

Nice values over the past but nothing off the charts from Calatayud.

My best experience with Calatayud were the Niño Jesus Estecillo offerings from Garagiste. In early 2006 there were the 2004 Estecillo “Tinto” and Legado “Vinas Viejas,” both for under $10. They followed up in late 2008 with the 2006 Estecillo “Tinto” ($7.99) and '06 Estecillo Legado “Vinas Viejas” ($9.99). Great drinkers for the price. I keep asking, but none offered since.

Thanks Jef, must take a looksie around here for your mentions.