Product: La Movida "Laderas"
Area: Cebreros (V.T. Castilla y Leon)
Grape varieties: 100% Garnacha (Grenache)
Alcoholic level: 14,5º
Price: 30-35 USD
Our rating: +++++
About the area:
Cebreros is a small Village in the southern part of the Castilla and Leon region, Its peculiarity lies in the mixture of slate and granite in its old grenache vineyards, and with San Martín de Valdeiglesias, Méntrida and the Alberche river, make up what I consider "the spanish Rhone Valley", with Cornas, Hermitage and Saint Joseph as a reference.
The town has an established vine-growing tradition, although 70% of its vineyards have disappeared in recent years. The large amount of horses and mules, still used for ploughing and transport, registered in the village is proof of this. Even today the growers still ride their animals out into the fields each day.
About the wine:
Vineyards are located in an area known as "La Movida", in the road from Cebreros to Avila, and with more than 60 years old, cultivated in hillside, with a slope up to 35%, living in harmony with fennel, rosemary, lavender...
The difficulty of the plot avoids the use of mechanical means. All works are done in a traditional way. Prune, dig and harvesting are hand made, and plough with mule. Ploughing and fspraying treatment are done with natural products.
After a first selection of grapes in the vineyard, they do a second one in the cellar in order to ensure that only the best grapes form part of wines. They proceed to step the grapes and afterwards make a cold maceration for 4 or 5 days. Fermentation is controlled, avoiding temperature oscillations.
Once finished, wine is macerated (time depending on vintage), usually from 2 up to 4 weeks. Aging is done in french oak barrels, most of them of a secondary use. Normally between 12 and 15 months depending on taste.
Cherry shade. Firstly closed in nose, showing slowly touches of red fruits (blueberries), orange peel, black licorize, deep mineral notes of flint and lead. Wide and bodied in mouth, subtle at the same time, tannins like sand, heavy fruit and nice acidity, perhaps a little hot at the end, but its final bitterness goes over it, and make it a easy-to-drink wine. What I call a "thirsty wine" that will grow in a few years.
Perfect with spanish stew based in potatoes and chorizo or with Monte Enebro Cheese (Goat), will be also great with cassoulet, meat lasagne and, why not? with a delicious cheeseburger.
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