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Pata Negra Tempranillo - Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    12.5% ABV
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    12.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    This wine shows a lovely dark cherry color with purple glints. Itoffers an aroma of red berries with hints of pepper. On the palate it presents blueberry and black cherry flavors, very mellow tannins, good structure and acidity. It is balanced and full-bodied with a lingering finish, and pairs well with tapas, red meat, and Italian dishes.

    Blend: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet

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    Pata Negra is a premium world-class brand from J. Garcia Carrión Winery established in Murcia, Spain in 1890.

    Pata Negra is the first Spanish brand to represent five different Denominations of Origin: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Valdepeñas and Cava. Each one has its own characteristics, given its geographical location and the strict monitoring of the production standards established for each region.

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    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.

    YNG508122_2011 Item# 143759