About This Wine
Deep cherry colour, with an almost opaque background and cherry-red edging.
Very intense and complex nose, with all the character of the great Cirsion wines: slight smokiness, with countless minor notes of black fruits and blackberries, an extremely smooth hint of violet in the background with a sweet spiciness conveying the smell of the earth before a rainstorm. Chocolate and mint as the climax to a luxurious composition of aromas that unfolds in the glass, producing a wonderful array of bouquets.
The palate is voluminous yet airy, almost weightless. Extremely fine tannins for this enormous, deep and constant wine. A caress of velvet in the mouth, leaving hints of small black fruits, earth and rain, smooth cocoa, going on to develop an endlessly deep sensation of freshness with countless different nuances. The sensations gather to produce an overall impression of extraordinary balance.
"Black, charry, with tobacco, violet, meat, lilac, angelica. Tremendously meaty, beautifully cut. A swirling, textural dream of a wine."
Wines of Spain
With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.
The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.
In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.
Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.
Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.
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