Anciano 5 Year Reserva Valdepeñas Tempranillo
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A ruby colored wine shading to brick red towards the rim. Complex aromas of balsamic and licorice combine with vanilla, spice, and rich fruit compote on the nose. Appealing ripe berry and cherry fruit flavors come through at first taste, followed by balanced tannins and a smooth, satisfying finish.
Food match: Roast lamb and other grilled red meats, stews, and mature cheeses.
VINEYARDS AND 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 (26-28º C) in stainless steel tanks for 8-10 days. The wine was then matured for at least twelve months in oak barriques with varying toasting levels.
Pairs with Lamb, Mature / Hard Cheeses