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Finca Antigua Crianza 2011

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Winemaker Notes

The combination of Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah give this wine unique aromas of stewed fruits, leather, tobacco, and hints of blueberry. These luscious aromas are underscored by integrated alcohol, smooth, but present, tannins, and pleasing acidity.

Pair this wine with cured ham, Paella Morisco, and migas with lamb cutlets.

Blend: 50% Tempranillo, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah

Critical Acclaim

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RP 89
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The Finca Antigua 2011 Crianza is a blend of 50% Tempranillo, 20% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and 10% Syrah. It's very balsamic, with a core of ripe red and black fruit, plenty of spices and a clear commercial profile. The palate displays fine tannins and good freshness that provides nice balance.
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Finca Antigua

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.

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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.

STC942185_2011 Item# 167362