2012 Crianza, 3 Years
Valdepeñas DO – Spain
Winemaker: Maria José Marchante
Winery: Bodegas Navalón
VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING
Tempranillo grapes were hand picked from 30 year-old vines in stony vineyards – Valdepeñas means “valley of rocks” – in late August/early September. The soils are clayey lime and there is a chalky layer which retains water to refresh the vines. Altitude helps moderate summer heat, as the climate in Valdepeñas is classic continental, with cold winters and long hot, dry summers.
Fermentation was at controlled temperatures (below 28º C) in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then matured for at least six months in oak barriques with varying toasting levels.
2011 has been rated “Excellent” by the Valdepeñas DO. Generally, the climate and therefore grape harvest, is remarkably consistent in this part of Spain.
A bright cherry red wine that is brimming with intense aromas of berry fruits enhanced by balsamic hints, vanilla and spice. Smooth and rounded on the palate, with concentrated cherry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit flavours and a long, velvety finish.
Food match: Roast lamb, chicken and other grilled meats, hearty casseroles and mature cheeses.
International Wine Challenge 2015 – Bronze Medal
Berliner Wein Trophy 2014 – Gold Medal (2010 Vintage)
WINE SPECTATOR 88 POINTS FOR A $10 WINE!
2010 ANCIANO 3 YEARS CRIANZA
February 2016 — Anciano wines are increasingly gaining critical acclaim from the leading publications and wine competitions around the world. This latest review appeared in a Wine Spectator feature by Thomas Matthews entitled “10 Enticing Spanish Values”.
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Tempranillo Valdepeñas Anciano Crianza 2010
Score: 88 | $10
“Savory notes of smoke, tar and leather frame dried cherry and balsamic flavors in this lean red. The fruit picks up a pretty floral accent, gliding through the fresh finish. Harmonious, in an old-school style.”
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Oak ageing: 6 months (minimum)
Barrels: American, Hungarian and French oak
RS: < 3 g/l