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Marqués de Vargas Reserva Blend 2007 - Exclusive Wine Club Members

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Grape Variety: Tempranillo 60%, Garnacha, Mazuelo and others
Tasting Notes: Richly coloured, deep, black-cherry hue with violet rims. Excellent combination of red berries like wild strawberries and raspberries with undertones of sweet liquorice. The palate is full-bodied and luscious with a velvety texture. Great, well-balanced acidity, together with silky tannins, trigger warm velvety mouth feel. Exceptionally elegant wine, full of freshness and great complexity.

VineyardPradolagar (50 ha.) – Rioja Alta, Spain.
Age of the VineyardAverage age 29 years (bush vines)
Time of Harvest: 18th September – 20th October 2007.
Altitude: 475-550 metres above sea level.

Harvest MethodHandpicked grapes.
WinemakingClassic process with destemming. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks (22,500kg) for 11-13 days at controlled temperatures between 29°-30°C. Daily remontage and pumping over, with a long maceration period of 12 days after fermentation to ensure a voluptuous texture. The wine is then aged for 23 months in 30 new 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: Bottled in 2010, it can be drunk now, but will improve with the age over the next 8-10 years.
Best Served:17°-18°C
Ageing: 23 months in 30 new Russian oak barrels