A truly artisanal wine, only small amounts of Colección 125 Chivite Reserva are made each year. The fruit for this wine is sourced exclusively from Bodegas Julián Chivite's Señorío de Arínzano estate in Alberin, Navarra. Made from Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine benefits from fruit of outstanding quality.
The region's drastic temperature variation between day and night creates perfect conditions for the grapes to reach optimum phenolic ripeness.
The wine is aged in new French oak for approximately 18 months before aging in bottle (up to 5 years).
Dark black cherry in the glass, complex and intense on the nose with notes of fruit, oak, and spice, rich and velvety on the palate with persistent tannins.
Blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Bodegas Julian Chivite Winery
Founded in 1647, Bodegas Julián Chivite is the oldest wine producing dynasty in Spain. Over eleven generations, the firm has grown from its original establishment in Navarra to estates in Rioja and Ribera del Duero, and become the most important, as well as one of the most respected, producers and exporters of Navarra's wines. Embracing the best of the region's traditions and the technology that has transformed it from the end of the 1980s onward, Bodegas Julián Chivite has forged a reputation for quality and consistency second to none in the D.O.
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The third largest country in production, Spain ranks first in land under vine. Diversity and innovation are the key factors bringing Spain back into the world wine market.
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.
Most 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.