Tempranillo Grenache Mazuelo La Rioja Spain
A mix of Temparanillo, Grenache and Mazuelo, from Rioja D.O.C. along Ebro River. Bodegas Age was established in 1881 from the legacy of three ancient family cellars with a long tradition of winemaking. Their distinguished origins are there to be seen in the ancient wineworks of Don Felix de Azpilicueta and in the bodega's paradise, where bottles of the earliest wines are still cellared. The estate remains family owned and operated, the traditional winemaking has ensured Siglo endures as an international ambassador of Bodegas Age.
Rioja Alta is the one place on earth where the Tempranillo grape grows to its full potentials of aroma and taste sensations. Bodega Age is situated right at the heart of Rioja Alta, 500 hectares of closely husbanded mature vines. Batches of Temparanillo, Grenache and Mazuelo are destemmed and crushed, followed by one week's fermentation at temperatures between 25C and 28C. During this time, macerations and continuous pumpovers help to extract the maximum colour, flavour and tannins. Racked after fermentation to remove sedimentery lees at the bottom of vats, transferred into 225 litres American oak casks for a year, bottled and aged for a further term under the bodega cellars for several months.
Bright, garnet red with purple hues. Fruity nose, cherries and bay leaf characters, complexed by notes of toasty vanilla oak, cocoa and spice after a year under oak. The palate is structured, elegant and persistent, elegant and velvety smooth, full of dark bramble and savoury olive flavours, supported by delicate tannins. A match to succulent roasted meats, gourmandise game recipes or fine, ripe cheese.