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Finca Antigua Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon from La Mancha, Spain
    13.5% ABV
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    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Bright and clear, with high depth. Cherry-black color with bluish iridescence. Aromas very typical from this variety, with balsamic and mineral hints from the cabernet but with the signature of Finca Antigua, nuances of dairy and undergrowth, indicating the freshness obtained due to the altitude of the estate. Robust, with a lot of backbone initially unfolding a full-bodied sensation horizontally and vertically. Certain grape tannins provide fleshiness and above all a great freshness that cleans the palate. The oak coming through after with a long and persistent finish.

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    Finca Antigua

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    Finca Antigua, La Mancha, Spain
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    Finca Antigua is the latest project by the renowned Martínez Bujanda Family that they have initiated in the central part of Spain. The family purchased the fifteen year old vineyards in 1999 and were so impressed with the quality of the grapes from this vineyard that they immediately set out to plan the construction of a brand new winery to make the most of their spectacular fruit. The Finca Antigua Estate encompasses over 2500 acres in total and of that, 679 acres are planted to grapes. The average age of the vines is over 15 years old and the following varietals are planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Merlot, Syrah, Viura and Viognier.

    The site itself has numerous advantages when it comes to growing grapes. Those advantages include the altitude of the vineyard, the soil composition and the soil depth. At an average of over 2,500 feet above sea level, Finca Antigua enjoys cool nights and hot days during the period from mid-August to mid-September. This ensures a slower ripening, adding complexity to the final wines. The soil is has a high content of calcium carbonate, an active limestone content of approximately 13% and a low level of organic material. The cultivated ground has an average depth of about three feet. These conditions give the Finca Antigua Estate tremendous advantages over surrounding vineyards and combine to yield bold, powerful wines.

    La Mancha

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    The Moors gave it the name, ‘Manxa,’ which fittingly means ‘parched earth.’ La Mancha, the largest wine producing region in all of Spain, is one of its hottest and driest. Sturdy and drought-resistant white varieietes like Airen, Viura and Verdejo thrive in this environment.

    Cabernet Sauvignon

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    A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

    In the Glass

    High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

    Perfect Pairings

    Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

    Sommelier Secrets

    Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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