Gamonal Red Wine
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The wine is elaborated 100% from the Prieto Picudo grape which comes from the El Gamonal estate. Manual harvesting is stored in boxes of 15 kg. Pellicular macera- tion happens during 4 days. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel truncated deposits of 150 hl at a constant temperature of 26oC. Fermentation and maceration with grapes skins occur between 14 and 18 days. Malolactic fermentation takes places in the deposits. Ageing for 12 months occurs in French (60%) and American (40%) barrels in an underground wine cellar that is more than 300 years old.
Sight: Intense cherry-garnet colour, with the formation of good teardrops on the glass.
Smell: Bouquet of mature fruit blended well with roasted hints from the barrels and light touches of liquorice.
Taste: Strong, fresh and varietal. The bitter notes of the tannins mix perfectly with the fruit taste, achieving the rich, fleshy sensation and a long lasting taste.
Alcoholic Content: 14%
In the Press: 92 points Peñin - 91 points Vino y Gastronomía Magazine - 90 points Verema
Awards & Prices: Silver medal in the Bruxellers World Wine 2011
Food Pairing: Ideal with fish, shellfish, pastas and rice. Serve at 8o-10o
The región, is very close in proximity to the city of León, which is surrounded by the River Esla. The high elevated altitude of the plain is between 750/860 metres above sea level and the close proximity to the mountain range Picos de Europa, gives place to a strong continental climate, with very noticeable sharp maximum and minimum temperatures and very pronounced differences between night and day tempera- tures. This favours the development of aromatic substances on the grape ́s skin. The average annual rainfall is approxi- mately 500mm which shows the lack of rainfall. The territory is flat with poor and pebbly soil from an alluvial origin. These lend way to optimum conditions for internal drainage and provide sufficient capacity for water retention, aeration and penetration from the roots. The old wine cellars are very characteristic of the area. They are hand-dug cellars from clay which help make the most from the unevenness of the land. The cellars create the most natural and ideal “micro-climate” which allow the production and ageing of the wine
Prieto Picudo grape is a unique variety in the world and is cultivated in the south of León. It ́s easy to distinguish due to its compacted cluster. Its grapes are in the shape of a pine nut and they are very dark. They have a high content of sugar, acidity and colour/ tannins being without any doubt the Spanish red wine grape with the highest concentration of these three critical components all the same time. Used to being grown in extreme conditions, the Prieto Picudo grape is a jewel in the Spanish wine growing world and it gives place to intense aromatic and per- sonal wines when they are young and thanks to the must- skin relation, they have exceptional characteris- tics to enable ageing.
During generations the Alonso family have been dedicated to growing and making wine. Following this family tradition, Rafael Alonso, founder of Viñedos y Bodega Pardevalles in 1949, originally produced liquor and wine. Nowadays, under the technical management of the founder ́s grandson, also called Rafael Alonso, the wine cellar has mod- ern installations, such as 34 hectares of their own vineyards. They still produce wine of an exclusively high quality from the indigenous grape varieties: Prieto Picudo and Albarín Blanco.
|Manufacturer||Pardevalles Wines (Tierra de León Gamonal)|
|Country of Manufacture||Spain|
|Maximum Saving||$ 54.00|