Finca Luzon Alma de Luzon 2004
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70% Monastrell Old Vines, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10%
The grapes for Alma De Luzon were carefully selected from 52-year-old ungrafted Monastrell vines from the Montesinos vineyard at 2,100 ft. in elevation and 27-year-old vines of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are from the Castillo de Luzon vineyard at 1,500 ft. in elevation. The vines are planted in very chalky, gravelly soil and yields are less than 1.6 t/acre. Hand harvesting into small boxes, choosing only perfectly healthy, ripe grapes with additional selection made in the winery using a sorting table. The grapes were fermented in stainless-steel. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in new 60% French and 40% American Bordelaise oak barrels and aged for 22 months
The Wine Advocate - "The 2004 Alma de Luzon (the first release of this wine) is 70% old-vine Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in new French and American oak where it was aged for 22 months. Dark ruby in color, it has an excellent bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, scorched earth, mineral, and blueberry compote. Slightly austere on the palate, it will need 3-5 years in the cellar to round out. It has good balance and a lengthy finish but cellaring is required. 90+"
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Brooding, oak-accented raspberry and blackberry aromas are complicated by smoky herbs and licorice. Supple in texture, with deep dark fruit liqueur flavors, supple tannins and a spicy black pepper character building with air. This needs some time to open up. 90(+?) points "
Finca Luzon Winery
The estate was founded by the Gil family in 1916. For almost a century now they have strived to create wines that not only reflect the terroir of Jumilla but have an intense expression of the fruit and represent a good value in the market. They have achieved this goal through meticulous vineyard management and by adopting the latest technologies of winemaking available. The winery is located west of the town of Jumilla.
The grapes are sourced from the family-owned estate of 216 acres. The estate is surrounded by small mountains, 60 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyards are at the altitude of 1,500-2,100 ft. The soils are a combination of sand and chalk covered with chalky gravel and stones. Jumilla has a continental climate due to the high altitude of the region, despite the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea; there are large fluctuations in temperature from day to night during the growing season and cold winters. Rainfall is scant. View all Finca Luzon Wines
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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%.
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.
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