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Solar de Urbezo Vina Urbezo 2010

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Winemaker Notes

Intense cherry red color with violet and purple highlights. Aromas of red and black fruits ,raspberries, blackberries, cherries and plums. Fresh wild flowers notes with a touch of balsamic herbs and liquorice. Smooth entry and very pleasant in the mouth. Good structured, velvety and wonderfully balanced. Complex, elegant with a nice finish and a long aftertaste.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Vina Urbezo is a tank fermented and raised blend of 40% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, and 30% Syrah. Fresh and fruity with a charming bouquet of smoke, game, blueberry, and black cherry, on the palate it is round and supple with plenty of depth and savory flavors. It is an outstanding value which will deliver plenty of enjoyment over the next 3 years.
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Solar de Urbezo, Spain
In 1995, Santiago Gracia Ysiegas took up the tradition of his family and founded the winery Bodegas Solar de Urbezo. His vocation was to elaborate grapes from the vineyards of the Gracia-Campillo family, offering total guarantee of purity and quality in their wines. The winery is located in Carinena, region of Aragon, 45 km from Zaragoza.

The culture of wine growing in Carinena is one of the most ancient in Spain; it goes back to the 3rd century, when the Romans inhabited this land. The cultivation of grapes was maintained throughout time and still constitutes an essential part in the way of life, economy and historical heritage of the area.

The name of our winery "SOLAR DE URBEZO" has its origin from the surname of a gifted painter from Aragon, ANTONIO URBEZO. He was born in Cariñena, and developed his artistic career in Bilbao. Santiago Gracia chose his name for his winery and wines in recognition of his art and of the affection of the painter towards his family and the land of Cariñena.

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.

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