CVNE Reserva Viña Real 2014, Rioja, Spain

In 1920 the first Viña Real wines were launched. These wines were produced from grapes grown around Elciego, in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa province. These vineyards are still controlled by Viña Real and continue to border the Camino Real; hence the origin of the Viña Real name. 90% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo. Grapes carefully picked by hand when fully ripe, cooled and macerated prior to the alcoholic fermentation which is carried out in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. The length of time the fermenting juice is kept in contact with the skins is determined by daily tasting and analysis, until the desired levels of color and structure are reached. The young wine is then transferred to a mix of American and French oak casks to mature for up to 2 years before being bottled. Once bottled, it will remain in cellars to continue its maturation prior to release to the market. This wine shows a ruby red color, shades of deep cherry, clean, good intensity in the nose, where the spicy aromas of oak and vanilla, are mixed with memories of the grape tempranillo, floral, red fruit, blackberry and to end of the palate ripe Garnacha. To the palate it´s a warm wine, wide and long, with an adequate acidity and noble tannin.