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Vina Santa Marina Miraculus Reserva 2007

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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

A careful choice of grape varieties, good blending and long and silent ageing mean that this "miraculous" wine lives up to its name. This wine is only made during exceptional vintage years.

Blend: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Miraculus Reserva is composed of 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Syrah and Cabernet Franc aged for 16 months in new French and American oak. Dark ruby red in color, it exhibits an alluring perfume of balsam wood, spice box, leather, cassis, and blackberry. Bordeaux-like on the palate, it reveals an elegant personality in a relatively forward style. Drink this savory, well-balanced offering over the next 8-10 years.
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Vina Santa Marina, Spain
The ancestors of the founding partner, Alvaro de Alvear, were vine growers in Najera, the old capital of the Kingdom of Navarra which is now part of La Rioja.

In the late 18th century Juan de Alvear was posted to Cordoba. His son, then the Mayor of Nájera, married a Cordoban and moved to Montilla where, keeping with the family tradition, he planted vines and set up a bodega in 1715. His descendents were mainly marines and soldiers who, on retirement, returned home to work in the bodega. One of the most famous of these was Diego de Alvear Ponce de Leon

They chose a spectacular site at the foot of the Lamoneda Mountain range which, according to recent research, was where the family of Roman General Maximus produced wines that were fashionable in Rome.

Twenty centuries later, this unique vineyard, and a combination of cutting edge technology and traditional methods, produces exceptional wines from a bodega tucked into the vineyards

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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