2008 Reserva Magnum, 7 Years
Valdepeñas DO – Spain
Winemaker: Maria José Marchante
Winery: Bodegas Navalón
This Reserva is exactly the sort of wine one would expect from the classic, elegant packaging- a traditional, Spanish, oak-aged Tempranillo, with an exceptional intensity of fruit and complexity. Aged for seven years in the cellars of Bodegas Navalon in the small DO Valdepeñas, located in the heart of Spain. Bodegas Navalon has been the passion of the same local family for several generations.
VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING
Tempranillo grapes were hand-picked at the optimum point of ripeness from 30 year old vines in stony Valdepeñas vineyards. The climate is continental, with cold winters and hot, dry summers.
After fermenting in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks (below 28º C) for 15 days, the wine is aged in American, French and Hungarian casks with different toasting levels for 12 months.
Quality of the harvest according to DO review: very good. Harvest started a bit later than usual, around the middle of September. Temperatures were milder than in other summers. Phenological ripeness was very good.
Bright ruby red in colour, mellowing to brick red at the edges. Aromas of fresh red fruit, prunes and cherries are accompanied by notes of coffee, vanilla, tobacco and caramel. A classic Reserva style on the palate, the wine is well rounded with warm, generous and well-integrated oak, balanced tannins and a long, intense finish.
This wine would be great with grilled red meats, mature cheeses and roast pork dishes.
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
RS: < 2 g/l