Country: Spain Region: Cigales
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Vintage: 2014 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Finca Museum el Baron de Ley
The great advantage of Cigales' never having been a dynamic wine region is that viticultural methods have remained doggedly traditional. The climate is dry and harsh. At 650-800 m altitude, and with relatively low rainfall, agrochemicals have rarely been used to any great extent. Drought and frost are the chief enemies of the vine here, not disease. Cigales is higher and cooler than Toro to the west so its wines tend to be rather more structured. It is much smaller and very much less famous than Ribera del Duero to the east, so land and wines tend to be considerably less expensive.
A deep purple red colour. Balsamic and impulsive in the nose with a scent of red fruits, caramel, liquorice and vanilla. Smooth and intense on the palate with balanced aromas of dark fruits, oak and vanilla. A wine with soft tannins and a good structure.
Food Matches: Casseroles / Lamb / Smoked Fish / Soft Cheese