N/V Marques de Grinon Tempranillo Criado en Barrica

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N/V Marques de Grinon Tempranillo Criado en Barrica

You don't see non-vintage Rioja every day, especially in a category that is traditionally known for its long maturation times. But it makes sense in this case: it's simply classic Rioja at a very reasonable price. 

Tasting Notes 

Colour

Cherry-colored wine with violet edges.

Nose

Aromas of ripe fruits, pleasant, with creamy nuances and good wood and hints of vanilla.

Palate

It shows ripe, dark berry fruit, slightly baked in character, with integrated dill and sandalwood notes after ageing in American oak for eight months. Medium-bodied with fresh acidity, this is ready to drink, with just a slight firmness to the tannins. 

Vineyard

Grapes from a selection of the best vineyards are slowly fermented to obtain the maximum contribution of fruit to the wine. Once the fermentation and maceration process is finished, the aging of the wine begins in American oak barrels for a period of 8 months to move on to the subsequent bottling.

Vinification

The Marques de Griñon winemaking philosophy is based on preserving the organoleptic values of each variety, applying the principle of minimum handling and performing the essential operations. The harvest is done manually in boxes of 15-17 Kg, which are unloaded at a selection table. After this, the grapes are destemmed and taken to the fermentation tanks, where a 1-2 day pre-fermentation is carried out at a low temperature, after this step the alcoholic fermentation takes place, where the sugar is transformed into alcohol at a controlled temperature. The wine remains in contact with the skins for a few weeks and after this the stripping and pressing of the skins takes place, which is done in a light way. Then the wine makes a second fermentation, malolactic fermentation, where malic acid is transformed into lactic acid, a softer acid than the first. After this the wine enters new or almost 100% French oak barrels and 225 liters capacity. The barrels have a maximum age of 4 years.

Specifications

Year N/V
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Tempranillo
Country Spain
Alcohol content
14% alc vol 
Units of alcohol per bottle 10.5 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential Medium bodies wine with a rich and intense style
Food Matches Beef, Lamb, Veal, Poultry
Appellation Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León