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Finca Antigua Crianza 2008
Pair this wine with cured ham, Paella Morisco, and migas with lamb cutlets.
Blend: 50% Tempranillo, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet and 10% Syrah
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.
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.
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.