Bodegas y Vinedos Murcia Pico Madama 2006
Other Red Blends from Jumilla, Spain
Deep and intense red with a violet edges. This wine has a nose of dried flowers, paprika and minerals. The palate is soft yet with firm tannins. Flavors of complex spices with a hint of tobacco. The finish is full-bodied, with a fine and lengthy finish.
Blend: 50% Monastrell, 50% Petit Verdot
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Pico Madama is a blend of 50% Monastrell and 50% Petit Verdot. The Monastrell was aged for 13 months in American oak, while the Petit Verdot was raised for 13 months in French oak. It offers up an aromatic array of wood smoke, graphite, lavender, blueberry, and blackberry. Firm on the palate with excellent richness, it has plenty of spicy black fruit flavors, a hint of tobacco, and balsamic, and enough tannin to evolve for 3-4 years. It will be at its best from 2012 to 2021. "
Bodegas y Vinedos Murcia Winery
Bodegas y Vinedos de Murcia is located in the south-eastern corner of the province of Albacete at an elevation of 1,372 feet. The climate is typical continental, with cold winters and hot, dry summers, and the soil is composed of lime and chalk. The Monastrell vines have aged 30 years and the Petit Verdot vines are 10 years old. Grapes are harvested between September and November under hot and dry conditions. There is no rainfall during the harvest time, and grapes are always hand-picked. View all Bodegas y Vinedos Murcia Wines
Notable FactsThe grape Monestrell (known as Mourvedre in France) is making an impact here, taking up over 80% of the vineyard land and producing wines of dense fruit and spice character. It snagged the common partner syrah for blending, as well as the international grape, Merlot. Monestrell takes well to the flat vineyards and rocky soils that retain heat. The red wines from Jumilla are full-bodied wines with flavors of black fruits and plums. Rosés of the Monestrell grape are refreshing and fruity.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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