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Escoces Volante Manga Del Brujo 2007

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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The color is a deep purple with ruby rim. on the nose are black fruits, cracked pepper, smoke & toast. On the palate are deep black fruit and cherrys. Full bodied with firm tannins. The finish is long, smoky and toasty.

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The 2007 Manga del Brujo was made by Norrel Robertson, MW, in partnership with the importer. It is a blend of 65% Garnacha, 15% Syrah, 15% Tempranillo, and 5% Mazuelo aged for five months in French and American oak. The Garnacha component was sourced from vines over 100 years of age. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up a toasty, smoky bouquet with aromas of mineral, black cherry, and blueberry. This is followed by a medium- to full-bodied wine with an elegant personality, a silky texture, intense, savory blue and black fruit flavors, superb balance, and 2-3 years of aging potential. This pleasure-bent wine will offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2020.
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Escoces Volante

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Escoces Volante, Spain
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Norrel Robertson, MW the winemaker spent the past five years in Calatayud searching out individual blocks of fruit in order to produce a wine of massive intensity. Calatayud offers one of the most unique areas in Spain for old vine Grenache and is set to follow Priorat as a cutting edge region for Grenache based wines and world class winemaking. The Grenache was carefully sourced from only the highest elevation slate vineyards around the villages of Acered and Alarba. Yields from the 70-100 year old bush vines did not exceed 20 hl/acre. The Syrah was hand harvested from 25 year old vines on two selected parcels. Norrel feels that the fruit from these sites is excellent and delivers wonderful minerality and herbal undertones within these fruit forward offerings.

Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

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With hundreds of red 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 fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. 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.

WWH117509_2007 Item# 109800