Viña Jaraba Crianza 2017

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Alcohol: 13,5%

Grape(s): 80% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot

Localization: La Mancha, Spain

Tasting NotesFull-bodied, fragrant red wine with cedar, spices, and leather nuances. The taste insert is smooth, round and aromatic; the aftertaste is mild and fragrant.

Notes: Varieties were aged, separately for 8 months in 80% American and 20% French and oak barrels, with additional aging in tank and bottle

Food pairing: Delicious red wine with many options, for example very tasty with cold meat dishes or grilled dishes.

The Domain: At the site of Bodegas Pago de La Jaraba – in the middle of the Spanish wine region of La Mancha – every archaeologist can indulge themselves: the soil here reveals hand axes and other objects dating from the Paleolithic era.

Those interested in wine prefer the La Jaraba of today. And that is a stylish and lively bodega, where in addition to wine, manchego (sheep's cheese) and olive oil are also made. The company has 80 hectares of vineyards, surrounded by a kind of forest. In fact, it consists of sand dunes, planted with shrubs and pine trees: which say something about the drought in this area. However, the main grape variety, tempranillo, is built on it. In addition, the grapes benefit from the manure from the company's sheep.

The wine cellar is extremely modern and complete – every oenologist's dream – but after fermentation, tradition and handicrafts take over again. The wines are allowed to breathe in wooden barrels and concrete tanks before being transported to the beautifully vaulted aging cellars. These are referred to as 'bedrooms' at this perfectionist company and there is, therefore, peace and quiet. The result of all this work are special wines with delicious ripe fruit and a beautiful balance.