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Urraca Primera Reserva 2005

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Winemaker Notes

This blend is a perfect combination of Malbec and Merlot. It exhibits an intense dark red color with purple hues and an elegant nose with touches of raspberries and mulberries. Aging in new French and American oak barrels for 18 months balances it out with hints of chocolate, tobacco and vanilla. Its palate is large with great volume and consistent intensity. It impacts with its sweetness and long and memorable finish.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Primera Reserva is composed of 70% Malbec and 30% Merlot. It received the same elevage as its younger sibling. It is a large-scaled, purple-colored wine with aromas of cassis, blueberry, and black cherry that jump from the glass. On the palate it is medium to full-bodied, layered, savory, and dense.
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Urraca, Mendoza, Argentina
At the beginning of 2005, John Langley and his children, Morgan, Zak and Sara, realized their long-desired dream of making premium wine. After touring the major wine regions of the world, they found their dream location in Agrelo, Argentina. This became the birthplace of Urraca (magpie), a name that gains significance as it evokes the affectionate nickname given by John to his wife, Margaret.

By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza, divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, is the source of some of the country’s finest wines.

For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec. Originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s, here it found success and renown that it never knew in its homeland where a finicky climate gives mixed results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and sometimes even blended with each other or Malbec). Mendoza's main white varieties include Chardonnay, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

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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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