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Marques de Vargas Rioja Gran Reserva 2016

Elegant, dense and rich
Tempranillo (Aragonez, Tinta Fino, Tinta Roriz), Grenache (Garnacha, Cannonau), and Carignan (Mazuelo)
  • $78.00

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Black Fruit, Herbaceous, and Pepper / Spice,

BODY: Medium +
Medium +
Medium +

Origin: La Rioja, Spain

Grape Varietals:
Tempranillo (Aragonez, Tinta Fino, Tinta Roriz), Grenache (Garnacha, Cannonau), and Carignan (Mazuelo)




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Marqués de Vargas Rioja Gran Reserva 2016

A classic Rioja wine, and a perfect example of the family tradition and the vineyards of the Hacienda Pradolagar estate. A single estate wine. It combines the elegance of our Tempranillos (80%), the density and richness of the Garnacha (10%) and the freshness provided by the Mazuelo (10%) grape.

Concentrated aromas of black fruit are perfectly intertwined with varied spicy
nuances, resulting from its long aging in Franch and American oak, and in the
background, subtle balsamic notes add freshness and balance. Robust body, with
highly polished tannins and a long finish. Elegant, powerful and with great aging

Applying only sustainable agricultural methods, the Gran Reserva is produced using grapes with the best ageing capabilities selected from the 52 hectares of the own vineyards, divided into 34 micro-plots according to soil type, grape variety and winemaking potential.

After a growing cycle with very favorable weather, the vineyard showed excellent canopy development and health condition. The month of September, with optimal weather and temperatures, had a positive influence on the fruit maturation, showing intense fruit presence, balanced acidity and elegant tannins.

The grapes are initially selected at the vineyard and picked by hand in 12-kilogram boxes. After passing through the harvest table, the bunches are destemmed at slow speeds before falling into the tanks by means of gravity. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of between 20 – 24°C for nine to twelve days. For the ageing process, the delicacy of fine Rioja wines requires a careful selection of barrels that provide elegance and ensure finesse. French oak was used as well as a small percentage of American oak during the second ageing phase, working exclusively with two cooperages that supply this type of barriques: Surtep and Seguin Moreau.