This must be one of most rewarding premium Euro reds without the price. Some might say "a little Chateauneuf du Pape' with a Spanish accent.
Papa Luna is a tribute to Pedro Marinez de Luna, the famous Aragonese cardinal and anti-pope. The wine has been sourced from a base of ancient vine Garnacha and other varieties that also have their roots in the region of Calatayud, Aragon. A combination of high altitude, low yielding vineyards and careful winemaking has resulted in a very individual, power creation not unlike its namesake.
"Very expressive and fruity bouquet with layers of red berries and spice, there’s a light meaty quality, a core of mineral with a stony granite quality then a layer of dried herb and wood spices. A firm youthful texture with tannins and acidity driving the mouthfeel. Flavours of cranberry and spiced plum, boysenberry and macerated cherries then vanilla and mineral returns. A decent weight with medium+ complexity and loads of charm. Best drinking from 2023 through 2027+." Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, June 2022
"Predominantly grenache with other varieties. Dense, rich, weighty red that is a pleasure to taste. Rustic meets royalty. A great match with hearty stews and casseroles. Excellent value at this price. Drink 2022–2030." 93/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, May 2022 (2020 Vintage)