WinesOfCarinenaSpain1Wines from the Carinena (DOP) in Spain, emphasizing the Garnacha grape, are born out of layers of granite and limestone, at high elevations, exposed to extreme temperatures and brutal winds, using old vines and innovative techniques. The result can be art — for the palate, mind and soul, for much less than a Jeff Koons (bottom photo).MarceloMoralesCalderon

Marcelo Morales Calderon (middle photo), winemaker, with Grandes Vinos Y Vinedos, S.A. was at a Carinena Wines tasting in Manhattan today. We like his Beso de Vino Old Vine Garnacha 2011 and Beso de Vino Rose 2013.

Mr. Calderon’s portfolio also includes Monasterio de las Vinas, a special red blend from 2005, ’06 & ’08, made with Garnacha, Tempranillo, & Carinena grapes (seeking distribution in the U.S.).

SteppingUp-KoonsPhotographs: Stephen Wise