Felix Solis Diego de Almagro Gran Reserva 2012 (Valdepenas, Spain) "...vanilla, spice, jammy..."
Valdepeñas takes its name from the ancient city by the same name, that lies on a sun-baked river valley dotted by small rocky formations (Val-de-peñas - Valley of Rocks). Located in the South of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. The area is almost entirely encircled by both La Mancha Denominación de Origen on the North border and Andalusia on its Southern limits. It experiences extreme weather conditions, with temperatures reaching up to over 40 ºC in the summer and dropping to as low as -10 ºC in the winter. The future of this Denominación de Origen lays with its red wines made from Tempranillo; a grape variety that enjoys the ability to age well as crianza, reserva and gran reserva. .
Diego de Almagro Gran Reserva is made from a selection of only the best Tempranillo grapes. Having spent time ageing in oak barrels this variety produces wines with intense ruby red fruit aromas and hints of vanilla and spices.
Through gentle maceration and constant remounting, expressive tannic compounds are optimised. Following fermentation at a controlled temperature
the wine is aged in American oak barrels for twelve months. It then rests in the bottle for another 2 to 3 years to ensure a complete harmonised
maturation is achieved.
This wine is a brilliant ruby red colour with amber tones with complex aromoas of oak. This wine exhibits a powerfully long and consistent aroma characterised by vanilla, spices and jammy fruit. On the palate it is full-bodied and complex with well structured tannins and long smooth finish.
Gold Medal - 2016 Japan Wine Challenge