Pagos de Viņa Real
92 points Robert Parker
Tasting Notes:
Bright, lively cherry red, with subtle hints of youthful violet. Wonderful aromatic intensity, dominated by ripe, dark fruit, sloes and brambles with some woodland berries. There is also a light toasty note with some elegant balsamic undertones from the barrel maturation. It is full and powerful in the palate, with ripe, fine tannins, which will hold the wine in balance for many years. It is complex and full, balanced and elegant, a supreme expression of Tempranillo and Rioja Alavesa.


Grape:
100% Tempranillo


Vineyards:
This wine is produced from a rigorous selection of hand picked old vine Tempranillo grapes from our own selected plots in the Rioja Alavesa province.Abundant rainfall and the absence of extreme temperatures during winter allowed the vineyards to keep enough water reserves for an optimum growth. The cycle slowed down some weeks during July and August, but a sunny and dry September favoured a very good phenolic maturation of the grapes. Selective harvest in the vineyards and further hand sorting at the wineries was necessary. Harvest in our vineyards took place from mid-September until early November, with a good quality for young wines in the first weeks and the ideal quality for reservas and up in the last weeks.


Aging process:
Cherry red, with subtle hints of youthful violet, ripe, dark fruit, berries.\


Limited Production
Vinification process:
The grapes are entirely from our own vineyard plots around the new Viņa Real Winery between Laguardia and Logroņo. Grapes are specifically selected firstly in the vineyard, followed by a table selection in the winery to give us the high quality fruit for this special wine. The grapes are only Tempranillo, brought to the winery in small plastic boxes, and fermented in small oak vats, to give us optimum control over the fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in small, new french oak 225 litre casks, to give Pagos de Viņa Real its specific personality.


Alcohol Contents:
13,5% vol


Main aromas and flavors:
Dark berries, black cherry, strawberry and garrigue.


History Awards:
92 points Robert Parker - 2005
90 points Robert Parker 2002
92 points Robert Parker 2001



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