Solar de Becquer Gran Reserva 2004
I. VARIETIES: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Mazuelo, 10% Garnacha.
II. ALCOHOLIC GRADE: 13% Vol.
III. VINEYARDS AND HARVEST: Located in the south of Monte Yerga, the Cuesta de la Reina Farm is a hillside that starts at 450 meters of altitude and climbs up to 800 meters. Its soils are clay-calcareous, poor and with abundant pebbles, is a farm of more than 120 hectares that belongs to the family for four generations and where the vineyard has always been cultivated. Average age of the vineyards 40 years. After meticulous monitoring of the vineyard, the grapes are harvested at the optimum moment of ripeness. The tempranillo variety was harvested in the first half of October, the garnacha in mid-October and the mazuelo in the last week of October and first week of November. The harvest is done by hand, selecting healthy and ripe grapes, rejecting raw and deteriorated ones.
IV. WINE MAKING: Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks.
and with the native yeast. Once the fermentation is finished, it is macerated for at least 10 days. The aging is done in American oak barrels with an average age of 5 years and remains in them for at least 18 months. During this time, three rackings are made. Once the wine is cleaned, it is bottled and kept in the bottle rack before being put on the market for at least 28 months.
V. TASTING: Tile red color of good layer. Clean, complex and with good intensity in the nose, aromas of red fruits well combined with those of aging, balsamic, spices (pepper), tobacco and leather. Good structure, tasty, broad, smooth but with character and good harmony in its flavors. Complex and clean via retro-nasal.
VI. RECOMMENDED DISHES: Serrano and Iberian ham. Cured cheeses, red meats, game and roast stews, big game and small game.