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Breton Lorinon Gran Reserva Rioja 1991

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Bodegas Breton, , Spain
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    Bodegas Breton was founded in 1983, their state-of-the-art winemaking facility completed in 1985 just prior to that year's harvest. Although of relatively recent origin, Breton takes a decidedly traditional approach. The philosophical objective is preservation of the elegant, concentrated "Rioja Alta" style and the longevity for which traditional Riojas are famous. Modern tendencies result in Rioja wines of accelerated evolution (lower acidity) for earlier consumption.

    The Breton partnership includes a 100-acre estate called Vina Lorinon just outside of Lorgrono along the south bank of the Ebro River, with 45 acres of mature vines. Breton properties also include the fabulous Dominio de Conte, a textbook 55acre vineyard on a protected horseshoe bend of the Ebro near Briones, in the very heart of Rioja Alta. Overall average vineyard age is 27 years - the highest of any major Rioja producer - grape varieties consisting mainly of Tempranillo, with Mazuelo, Graciano, Garnacha, Viura, and Malvasia. The Logrono and Briones vineyards together provide an ideal balance of ripe fruit and acidity.

    The home of Port—perhaps the world’s most popular after-dinner drink, the Douro region of Portugal is one of the world’s oldest delimited wine regions, established in 1756. Less well-known but often of excellent quality are the region’s dry table wines, both red and white. The vineyards of the Douro, set on the slopes surrounding the Douro river (known as the Duero in Spain), are among the steepest in the world, necessitating the use of terraces in much of the region. This often requires grapes to be harvested by hand—a labor-intensive process. The climate here is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and cold winters. There are three sub-regions of the Douro—Baixo Corgo, the mildest and wettest, Cima Corgo, where many of the best producers are situated, and Douro Superior, the hottest and driest. The best sites, typically with schist-based soils, are reserved for Port production, while table wines are usually grown on granite.

    While more than 100 indigenous varieties are approved for wine production in the Douro, there are five primary grapes that make up most Port and table wines. Touriga Nacional is the finest of these, prized for its deep color, tannic and concentrated structure, and floral aromatics. Along with Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain's Tempranillo) helps to provide the backbone to these wine and adds bright acidity and red fruit flavors. Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca help round out the blend with their soft, supple textures. Tinta Cão, a fine but low-yielding variety, is rarely planted but still highly valued for its ability to produce excellent, complex wines. Rosé Port and table wines are produced from the same varieties, while whites are generally crisp, mineral-driven blends of Arinto, Viosinho, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, and an assortment of others.

    LEM1797158 Item# 6438

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