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Antano Viura 2009

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    Produced from old Viura vines cultivated on small terraces, this zesty dry white offers bright lime, grapefruit and green apple aromas coupled with crisp citrus and apple flavors. Enjoy it as a refreshing aperitif, as well as with seafood, poultry and Asian dishes. The structure of this wine is smooth, fresh and well-balanced in acidity.

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    Antano, Rioja, Spain
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    The Marqués de Carrión Winery is situated in a beautiful town called Labastida, covered by the Toloño mountain range and closed to the river Ebro. Labastida is about 4 Km far from Haro, 35 km from Logroño and 43 Km far from Vitoria. This perfect geographic situation, just around "the wine world", created a magical and attractive place to live this peculiar and traditional culture of wine.

    In our winery, we looked for a place in which the artist, Jull Dziamski, could demonstrate the way in which he understands his art. For this reason, we have opened a genuine museum, that "invites you to dream", like the artist says. He called it "the illusions museum", where at the same time; we can find an art Gallery, in which the artist has a permanent exposition.

    At Marqués de Carrión we worship to our two passions; making and taking care of our wines to guarantee the best quality, in combination with the most absolute respect to the avant-garde art that represents our modern history. Art and avant-garde movement, tradition and technology linked under the same name.

    Highly regarded for distinctive and age-worthy red wines, Rioja is Spain’s most celebrated wine region. Made up of three different sub-regions of varying elevation: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. Wines are typically a blend of fruit from all three, although single-zone wines are beginning to gain in popularity. Rioja Alta, at the highest elevation, is considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier Rioja Baja produce wines with deep color and higher alcohol, which can add great body and richness to a blend.

    Fresh and fruity Riojas labeled, Joven, (meaning young) see minimal aging before release, but more serious Rioja wines undergo multiple years in oak. Crianza and Reserva styles are aged around six months to one year in oak, and Gran Reserva at least two (plus three years in bottle), but in practice this maturation period is often quite a bit longer—up to about fifteen years.

    Tempranillo provides the backbone of Rioja red wines, adding complex notes of red and black fruit, leather, toast and tobacco, while Garnacha supplies body. In smaller percentages, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan) often serve as “seasoning” with additional flavors and aromas. These same varieties are responsible for flavorful dry rosés.

    White wines, typically balancing freshness with complexity, are made mostly from crisp, fresh Viura. Some whites are blends of Viura with aromatic Malvasia, and then barrel fermented and aged to make a more ample, richer style of white.

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    With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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