Deep red and black fruit tones with prominent oak, spice and earth. Full bodied. Great feel and intensity throughout with dark fruit, spice, oak and leather. Pairings: red meats, lamb chops, meaty pastas.
It presents a ruby color with brick-colored edges. On the nose, balsamic aromas with hints of vanilla and leather. It is silky on the palate with mineral notes that give it great smoothness and structure.
Vicente Gandia is a large and legendary Spanish wine producer and is the largest producer in Valencia. The company was founded in Valencia in 1885 by Vicente Gandia, a wine merchant, and by the early 20th century it was exporting wine throughout Europe. Today the company is owned and managed by the fourth generation of the Gandia family and there is a 490-acre family estate. Over the generations the Gandia family has been instrumental in improving the quality of Spanish wines and earning recognition for Spanish wines in international markets. Vicente Gandia produces wines from many appellations in Spain.
Rioja Demoninación de Origine Calificada is Spain’s most important wine region. Located in northern Spain, it comprises 135,000 vineyard acres and was the first official appellation in Spain, earning its official DO status in 1926. In 1991 it became Spain’s first DOCa, Spain’s most prestigious appellation category. The DOCa is divided into three subzones: La Rioja Alavesa in the northeast; La Rioja Alta in the southwest; and La Rioja Baja in the east. About 75 percent of Rioja wines are reds, with Tempranillo the predominant grape. Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, a spicy, high-acidity red grape, are also allowed. White wines are made from Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasia. Wines were made in this region well before the Romans arrived, though the Romans then the medieval monks refined vineyard management and wine production. In the 19th century French families migrated to Rioja after phylloxera wiped out their vineyards, and the French helped establish the tradition of wine blends, still part of Rioja winemaking. According to the rules for the appellation, a wine labelled a simple Rioja can spend less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A Criziana is aged for at least two years, one in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged at least three years, with at least one in oak. A Rioja Gran Reserva must be aged at least five years, with two years in oak.
Think leather and cherries together for Tempranillo wines. This wine looks lighter than it is. It can be medium or full bodied, but its thin-skinned, big grapes, give it a more transparent appearance. It is grown in Spain, Portugal, the U.S. and Australia.