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Marqués de Vargas Reserva Privada Blend 2005

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Grape Variety: Tempranillo 60%, Garnacha, Mazuelo and others
Tasting NotesDeep, black-cherry colour with dark chocolaty undertones and violet rims. On the nose, rich fragrance of dark fruits such as blackberries and mulberries, enriched with aromas of violets. Extraordinarily complex and refined nose with developing hints of menthol and balsamic notes. On the palate it has a great density and velvety texture. Well-combined tannins from oak and fruit add structure, with a wide spectrum of fruit flavours. Concentrated, sophisticated, elegant and great for extended cellaring.

VineyardEl Cònsul, La Misela and Las Errazas (17 ha.) – Rioja Alta, Spain.
Age of the VineyardAverage age 41 years (bush vines)
Time of Harvest: 10th September – 14th October 2005
Altitude: 475-550 metres above sea level

Harvest MethodHandpicked and manually selected grapes in boxes of 15 kg.
WinemakingClassic process with destemming. Each parcel is fermented separately in stainless steel tanks (10,000kg) for 11 days at a controlled temperature of 30°C. Daily remontage and pumping over to obtain the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction. 14 days skin contact after fermentation. The malolactic fermentation takes place partly in oak barrels. 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 10 years)
Best Served: 17°-18°C
Ageing: 23 months in 30 new Russian oak barrels