Marques de Vargas Reserva Privada DOC Rioja Alta

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Notes Bodegas y Viñedos del Marqués de Vargas is undoubtedly one of the most impressive cellars in Rioja today. Situated just outside Logroño in a privileged part of DOC Rioja, it has a superb and ultra-modern winery that produces wines only of the very highest quality from grapes grown in vineyards that are known as ‘La Hacienda de Pradolagar’ and belong to the family of the Marqués de Vargas. They border those of the Marqués de Murieta and the Marqués del Romeral, an area popularly known as ‘Los Tres Marqueses’. The 65-hectare estate, where the family has been growing vines for four generations, carries on the old Rioja tradition of the ‘bodegas de hacienda’ in which the wine is produced exclusively from the grapes grown on the family Estate. The location of the property in the heart of the Ebro valley enables it to enjoy both Atlantic and Mediterranean influences, long hours of sunshine, low rainfall not exceeding 400 mm per year and protection from the westerly winds, ideal conditions for growing Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Garnacha.Absolute priority is given to fruit quality. The vines receive no irrigation and only natural fertilisers are occasionally applied – herbicides or pesticides are not used. The vineyards are pampered as if they were gardens! Pruning, vital for good fruit, takes place first in winter to enhance fruit production and then again in summer once the vegetative cycle is under way. Fruit thinning and the removal of leaves are also carefully carried out. 60% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo, 10% Garnacha Tinta, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from average 41 year old vines from their 7 hectare El Consul, 3 hectare La Misela and 7 hectare Terrazas Estates. After fermentation in stainless steel vats of 10,000 kg at 30deg.C for 11 days, remontage and pumping occurred daily for another 14 days. Once racking and malolactic fermentation were completed, ageing began January 2006 in 160 brand new Russian oak barrels (Seguin Moreau), racked twice every 4 months, and then every 6 months. Bottled January 2008 without clarification or filtration and released June 2009. Deep, intense black cherry colour with violet rim. Pronounced, complex nose with hints of leather and tobacco. Full and rich, concentrated ripe blackberry, gamey, leathery flavours, superb structure with very elegant, well-integrated tannins of oak and fruit. Ready for drinking but has great potential for improvement in bottle. Time enhances its structure and aromas.


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