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Finca Azaya by Bodegas Valduero 2017

Finca Azaya

by Bodegas Valduero 2017

Producer : Bodegas Valduero

Region : Castilla y Leon (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Veal roasted

Tasting Notes

"This wine from Old Castille took our judges off the beaten Tempranillo path, but everyone loved its alluring liveliness, its grace, its shapeliness and its charm. It's dark black in colour with ripe berry scents backed by bay-leaf and oak-copse complexities. The palate is mouth-filling yet softly textured, with more red berry fruits in a settled and balanced style. A mist of fine tannins adds textural interest, but it's the intrinsic quality of the fruit itself which its creators have wisely decided to put centre stage. This is a hugely amenable red capable of partnering a wide range of dishes with panache."

97 points / Platinum / Best in Show - Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

Specs

Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Point Score 97
Cellaring Cellar
Sweetness XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Bodegas Valduero
Region Castilla y Leon (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 14% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2017
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 100% Tempranillo
Food Pairing Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Veal roasted
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full
Price of Case $479.88

The Producer

Bodegas Valduero

Bodegas Valduero is one of Spain’s most visionary and globally respected wineries. For almost 40 years, this family-owned-and-run estate has been leading the way in Ribera del Duero. One of the first wineries to emerge in Ribera del Duero after the Denominación de Origen (DO) and founded in 1982, Valduero helped shape its early days, and has been producing some of the region’s most iconic wines ever since.

The family’s philosophy of wine production, ‘Craftsmanship, art in each bottle, respect to our vineyards, low yield per vineyard and selection of bunches in the vineyard. Time is all: our wines age patiently and long in our cellars.’

The company has 140ha of vines, located in two sites in the Upper Ribera del Duero: the 90ha Gumiel de Mercado and the 46ha Villanueva de Gumiel. Both are now planted with Tinto Fino (the local name for Tempranillo), which, after some experimentation with other varieties, the family now recognizes as the ‘Queen of Ribera del Duero.’ At 800m and 900m above sea level, they are among the highest in Ribera del Duero (and indeed in Europe). That leads to significant differences between daytime and night-time temperatures during the growing season, with hot sunny days, plunging to 14°C at night - perfect conditions for shaping Valduero’s trademark mix of fruit intensity with freshness, elegance and fine tannins.

The commitment to sustainability continues into the family’s state-of-the- art winery. Arranged over three tunnels blasted directly into the hillside, it was constructed to ensure almost zero external energy use. The winery is structured to allow grapes and wine to flow without pumps, and the grapes are pressed by the force of gravity. The family only produces wine in the best years, and only at the Reserva and Gran Reserva level.

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