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Cepas Antiguas Selección Privada 2011

Urunela, Spain
www.bodegasmartinezcorta.com

100% tempranillo


Tasted August2013- It is nice to immediately read tempranillo like this, in a pure expression of fruit without being too heavy handed. Delightful red cherry fruit rolled out of the glass with a little swirl and admirable sense of mineral (something dusty and cocoa) followed just behind. This is not the modern styling of over-oak-laden Spain, where it can seem the spice and vanilla tones are more desirable than a clear sense of ripeness and the place that generated it. Opulence with precision might define this well. The first sip hit the palate with purity, mid-weight and supple, remaining quite round until near the end of the palate where a correcting sort of tannin swept in to hold it fast, resulting in a very dry finish, crisped with good acidity. A return sip offered a bit more depth and concentration. In this combination, it made the wine quite agreeable, nicely approachable, not looking to dominate but certainly grabbing our attention. A nice glass of Tempranillo, for Tempranilo's sake. That was our take on it which appears is not far off from the winey's description as well, " Ripen fruit cherry covered with intense edge. Powerful aroma to red wild fruits, background of ripe fruit with mineral shades. In the palate it has a complex, fruit tannins and fruit acids. Excellent freshness and persistence". There you have it. Delicious as it goes.

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The Label

Producer: Bodegas Martinez Corta
Wine (proprietary name): Cepas Antiguas Selección Privada
Vintage: 2011
Labeled as: proprietary title
Country of origin: Spain
Region: Rioja
Area/Appellation: Urunela
Classification of Appellation: d.o.c.
Classification of Wine: Seleccion Privada
Alcohol %: 13.00

The Winemaking

Winemaker: Azucena Hervella Rojas
Assistant Winemaker:
First Date of Production: mid 1960s
Handling of Fruit: hand picked
Sorted: sorted at picking, sorted at table
Stem: all destemmed
Yield of Harvest: 5500 hl/ha
Method of Crush/Pressing: mechanical press Press Type: pnuematic
Pre-fermantation Soak/Maceration: Y     Length of Soak: 3-4 days plus more a
Temperature Controlled: Y
Free Run Juice Only: Y
Gravity Fed to Vessels: N
Type of Vessel for Fermentation: Stainless Steal/Inox
Size of Vessel: 4500L
Vessel Seal: Sealed Vessel
Fermentation Temperature Controlled: Y
Fermentation Style: Induced
Type of Yeasts: Cultured Yeasts
Carbonic Maceration: N
Length of Fermentation: 14 Day(s)
Pumped Over/Cap Agitation: N
Malolactic Fermentation: Y    Percent: 100.00%
CO2/SO2 Added on Fermentation: SO2
Type of Ageing Vessel: Wooden Barrel
Type of Wood: various oak  Wood Condition: 100% Used   
Origin of Barrels (if used): French, American and Romanian barrels
Size of Barrels Used: 0
Length of Maturation: 0 Month(s)
Extended Lees Contact: N
Fined (Type): N
Filtered (Type): N
Moved to Multiple Vessels?: After fermentation in Stainless Steel tanks the wine is moved to new tanks for Malo-Lactic ferments, then into barrel for short period (14days only)
Date of Bottling: 2012-02-00
Age in Bottle Before Release: 0 Month(s)
Number of Bottles (750ml) Produced: 0
Number of Magnums Produced: 0
Number of Half Bottles (375ml) Produced: 0
Closure Type: Natural Cork
Bottled with SO2: Y
Alcohol %: 13.00
Residual Sugars (Gram/Liter):
Total Acidity (Gram/Liter): 0.00
Total Ph: 0.00

The Vineyard

Total Vines Planted: 225 Hectare
Density of Vines:
Wine Vineyard: Multiple Vineyards
Source Vineyard: Vineyards Estate Owned
Exposition of Vineyards: SE, S, SW
Soil Type(s): Limestone mixed with clay
Elevation of Vineyards: 400-500 m
Vineyards Description: Steep Slopes, Hillside
Average Age of Vines:
Farming Methods: Sustainable
Irrigation: irrigated
Additional Vineyard Information: The estate includes 225 acres of old-vine Tempranillo, located in Uruñuela, Cenicero and San Asensio, all head-pruned and with a minimum age of 40 years. Vineyard parcels are typically located on high slopes poor in organic materials