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Mia Red 2015

Tempranillo from Spain
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    Winemaker Notes

    Mia Red's color is a deep ruby red with the violet-blue undertones, typical of a young red wine. On the nose, it delivers aromas of intense earthiness, plums and violets over a hint of orange peel. On the palate, it is richly fruity, with notes of plum, red berries, smooth tobacco and a hint of spice. It has fine tannins, great balance and a lingering finish. Mia Red is perfect to drink with white meat, beef and lamb, as well as pasta and vegetables. It is best drunk slightly chilled.

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    I work for Freixenet in Spain. You may know them as the makers of Freixenet Cava, the sparkling wine known worldwide for its famous black bottle. One day my colleagues and I were talking about still wines. Now my family have always been wine makers and I was explaining how I thought it was time for Freixenet to make modern easy-drinking still wines.

    Well the Freixenet family agreed and told me to get on with it! So the next thing I know - I have a new project!

    We've spent over a year talking to wine drinkers all over the world about our idea, who by sharing their views on what they like in wine, helped us created Mia. By the way, we called it Mia because once all the growers, designers, bottlers and distributors heard about the idea they wanted to be part of it and started calling it 'mine' so we called the wine just that - 'Mia' - the Spanish word for mine.

    So now our wines are available in many parts of the world. Enjoy them and hopefully you'll start calling them 'Mia' as well.

    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.

    Tempranillo

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    Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.

    In the Glass

    Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.

    Perfect Pairings

    Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity make it extremely food friendly, pairing with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

    Sommelier Secret

    The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.

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