Almansenas La Huella de Adaras 2007
In the nose it is potent with an explosion of fresh red fruit and smoky, mineral overtones. With time, it develops riper fruit aromas in addition to Mediterranean undergrowth, spices and black berries.
In the mouth it is initially attractive, giving way to well developed tannins, clear acidity and tasty fruitiness. It has hints of black liquorice, with graphite and spices - complex on the whole, which illustrates the personality of the Almansa terroir .
The estate Venta La Vega (La Vega Inn) is on the "Royal Way" from Madrid to Valencia & Alicante, where an inn once stood and welcomed travelers’' tales. The vineyard fields are scattered with ancient rainwater troughs, pine trees and oak trees which abruptly meet with the cornfields on the Almansa plateau.
Known for its bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy red wines, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.
Most planted and respected is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.