Aloja Cellars Negre 2010
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The name Aloja comes from the Catalan mythology. Alojas are water nymphs with an incomparable beauty. Blue or green-eyed, with long hair that grows to their feet. They inhabit rivers, lakes and waterfalls, yet can be seen dancing and playing during the night when they leave their lair. Their beauty is such as to enchant any human gazing upon them, except for the night of the Summer Solstice, Sant Joan.
Spanish red wine is known for being bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy, 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.
Of the Spanish red wines, the most planted and respected grape variety 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.