Wine Type Red Wine
Style Full & Rich Reds
Grower Name Bodegas de la Marquesa
Grape Variety Tempranillo
Dietary Requirement Vegan
Jascots tasting note...
" SOMMELIER WINE AWARDS SILVER MEDAL WINNER! Dense, rich and plush black and red fruit flavours combine with toasty vanilla oak to make this fabulously sumptuous and indulgent single vineyard Rioja. Bright and polished with a long, long finish. "
Goes great with...
Roast Lamb, Roast Beef / Steak & Game & Venison
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Why you should buy this wine...
This has been one of our most supremely gorgeous and sexy wines since we introduced the 2002 vintage. This is modern, single vineyard (Finca) Rioja that spends only 18 months in new wood rather than the two years of a Gran Reserva. "the fresh and full red and dark-fruit flavours dominate and leave a rich, satisfying and long finish"Terry Kirby, The Independent on Sunday
About The Grower Bodegas de la Marquesa
Bodegas de la Marquesa dates back to the second half of the 19th century, when Francisco Javier Solano y Eulate, the 'Marquis de la Solana' and owner of a large area of vineyards in Villabuena, decided to begin making and ageing his wines according to methods imported from Médoc and to sell them under the label 'Marques de la Solana'. Following the enlargement of the bodega's underground "calados" or caves, the importation of the first wine-making machinery and the introduction of oak casks from Bordeaux, the wines started to win major awards such as the silver medal at the Logroño Exhibition in 1898 and the gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Barcelona in 1929. On the death of the Marquis, his property was inherited by his daughters, Maria Teresa and Maria Solano (grandmother of the current owners), who changed the name of the estate to Bodegas de Crianza S.M.S. (the abbreviation of the family surnames).
Nowadays, the bodega, which changed its name once again in 1996 to Viñedos y Bodegas de la Marquesa, continues to be a family firm and is owned by Juan Pablo de Simón and his brothers, while the next generation, Pablo and Jaime de Simón (Juan Pablo's sons) are preparing to take over the running of the company for the future. The estate grows approximately 400,000 kg of grapes per year on the family's 65 hectares of vineyards. All vineyards are located in the Municipality of Villabuena, and run from the sunny lower slopes of the Cantabrian Mountain Range, which protects them from the north, to the banks of the River Ebro to the south-southwest. The estate boasts a number of very old, low yielding vineyards and the average age of the vineyards is over 25 years.
About The Region Rioja View All Wines From This Region
Rioja is the best known wine-producing region in Spain, situated towards the north of the country and producing mostly red and a small amount of white wines. The name 'Rioja' comes from the local river, the 'Rio Oja ', a tributary of the River Ebro. The region can be divided into three distinct sub-regions - namely Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. The region's best wines tend to come from the Limestone-Clay slopes of the Alta and Alavesa, where Tempranillo performs particularly well.
Seven grape varieties are permitted in the production of Rioja. Red wines can be made from Tempranillo, Garnacha, Carinena and Graciano, although in practice, most are a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha with Carinena and Graciano playing a much more minor role. The seventh variety is Cabernet Sauvignon, which is allowed by special dispensation in specific vineyards of one individual producer. White wines are made mostly from Viura and Malvasia.
About The Grape Variety Tempranillo View All Wines With This Grape
Tempranillo is Spain's signature red variety and is responsible for more of the country's highest quality red wine production than any other. It has thick skins and as such is capable of making deep coloured, long-lived wines. It has a propensity to ripen early, hence its name derived from the Spanish 'temprano', which means early. Its relatively short growing cycle enables it to thrive in the often harsh Spanish climate, particularly in Rioja, where it is often blended with Garnacha.