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Marques de Tomares Gran Riserva 2014

Time-travelling back to old-fashion Rioja
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Primary Notes: Cherry Cherry Graphite

Secondary Notes: Bread

Tertiary Notes: Leather

Body: Medium +

Dryness: Dry

Acidity: Medium

Tannin: Medium +

Alcohol (%): 14

Origin: Rioja, Spain

Maker: Marqués de Tomares

Grape: Tempranillo / Tinta Fino Blend

Fermentation: Organic Slight Wood

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Decanting:

Serving Temperature: Best enjoyed at 18 Degrees

Asian Food Pairing: Roast duck, Yakitori

Western Food Pairing: Beef roast, duck pizza, aged cheese

Description

Marques de Tomares Gran Riserva

Marques de Tomares Gran Riserva has a aroma influenced by leather, spice, rustic graphite and crusty bread. It has a creamy red fruit on palate with moderate acid, and good grip. The tannins are rustic but clearly polished by time in the bottle. This is a really good, complex bottle of Riserva Rioja. This is what an old-fashion Rioja was imagined to be like in the1950-60’s, and this bottle should age for a long time.

A beautiful blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 7% Mazuelo co-planted with 3% Viura. The grapes were destemmed and underwent spontaneous fermentation with twice-daily pump-overs favored over punch-downs to retain freshness. Viura is co-fermented with Mazuelo and Graciano.

18 months in 90% French and 10% American oak and minimally 30 months in bottle.

With a family grape growing history since 1886, Don Román Montaña founded the winery Marqués de Tomares in 1910, and it is still operated by his grandchildren who continue to maintain the wineries tradition both in the winery and in the estate’s vineyards. With nearly 106 hectares of family owned vineyards, many of which more than 100 years old, spotted throughout Rioja Alta in Haro, Fuenmayor and the surrounding areas, careful viticulture and longtime partnerships with local farmers lend to the precise identity of Marqués de Tomares. The winery is still releasing small amounts of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines in various formats from time to time. So now you know how precious these bottles can be.

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