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Marqués de Vargas Hacienda Pradolagar Blend 2005

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92 Pts. Robert Parker

92 Pts. Guía Peñin

93 Pts. Stephen Tanzer

Grape Variety: Tempranillo 40%, Garnacha, Mazuelo and others
Tasting NotesDeep intense black-cherry colour with violet rims and brick red hues. Rich and balanced nose with complex aromas of ripe fruit, blackcurrant, wild cherry, coffee, liquorice and smoky undertones. Spicy tones and excellent oak balance. Full bodied and elegant palate due to a perfect balance of tannins, oak and acidity. Richly textured with powerful tannins and lingering finish. This wine perfectly reflects the sense of the "terroir".

VineyardLa Victoria (3.5 ha.) – Rioja Alta, Spain.
Age of the VineyardAverage age of 50 years (bush vines)
Time of Harvest: 10th October 2005
Altitude: 475-550 metres above sea level

Harvest MethodHandpicked and manually selected grapes in boxes of 15 kg.
Winemaking: Classic process with destemming. Individual vineyard sections are fermented separately in stainless steel tanks (3,000kg) for 15 days at a controlled temperature of 31°C. Daily remontage and pumping over and long maceration for a period of 20 days after fermentation. Malolactic fermentation takes place partly in barrel and partly in stainless steel. The wine is then aged for 24 months in 30 new French and Russian oak barrels.
WinemakerFrancisco Javier Pérez Ruiz de Vergara 

Alcohol: 14.0% vol.
Volume: 750 ml
Residual sugars: 2.0 gr/litre
Standard Drinks: 8.3
Peak drinking: Can be drunk now but is also an excellent candidate for extended cellaring (more than 15 years).
Best Served: 17°-18°C
Ageing: 24 months in 30 new French and Russian oak barrels