Marqués de Vargas Rioja Reserva 2017

Thick and creamy, built on grabby tannins
  • $64.00

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Primary Notes: Raspberry, Cherries Balsamic

Secondary Notes: Chocolate

Tertiary Notes:

Body: Full

Dryness: Very Dry

Acidity: Medium +

Tannin: Medium

Alcohol (%):

Origin: Rioja, Spain

Maker: Marqués de Vargas

Grape: Tempranillo / Tinta Fino Blend

Fermentation: Natural Heavy Wood

Awards: &gt, 90 pts


Serving Temperature: Best served between 16–18 degrees.

Asian Food Pairing: Korean BBQ, Siu Yuk, Mongolian lamb

Western Food Pairing: Grilled red meat, Jamón Iberico de Bellota, pizza, tacos


Marqués de Vargas Rioja Reserva 2017

Marqués de Vargas Rioja Reserva has a ruby red colour and vibrant character. Ripe red fruit aromas open the nose, featuring cherries, raspberries and a touch of sweet spiciness. Complex, dry and full-bodied palate with elegant tannins, juicy acidity and great structure. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with a good presence of red fruit flavours, chocolate and balsamic notes.

Blend comprising of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo, 5% Garnacha. The fruit comes from Marqués de Vargas' 50 hectare vineyard "Pradolagar” in Rioja. The vines have an average age of 35 years and grow in poor, shallow, infertile calcareous clay soils with free drainage to promote moderate vegetative vigour. Marqués de Vargas practices sustainable wine-growing, without the use of herbicides or pesticides in their vineyards.
Hand harvesting and destemming. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 11–13 days at controlled temperatures between 29–30°C. Daily remontage and pumping over and long maceration for a period of 12 days after fermentation to ensure a voluptuous texture. The wine ages for 20 months in American, French and Russian oak Barrels from different coopers: Seguin Moreau, Demptos and Maury, with a maximum use of 5 years. Regular racking every 5 months at the beginning, then every 6 months. Bottling without fining or filtering for an unprocessed and fully natural wine.
Top tip: Decant for an hour before serving.
How about a white from the Rioja region? Check out Bodegas Muga Rioja Blanco 2019


 - 94 POINTS
 Colour: dark cherry, garnet rim. Nose: ripe fruit, woodwork, tobacco, sweet spices. Palate: spicy, ripe tannins, long.

Deep berry, prune and maple aromas are warm and balsamic as they border on overripe. A thick, creamy palate reflects a hot vintage, while this reserva tastes chocolaty, with herbal berry fruit and spice notes. A round, almost sticky finish is built on grabby tannins. This is a very full and ripe Rioja.
2018 - 90 POINTS