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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?A rare wine produced from a rare grape in the Jerez region. The vines are tended in Albariza soil. The wine is aged in large cement and oak vats in addition to small barrels of 225 liters.
RATING HISTORY:2019 93JS; 2017 90JS; 2016 92JS 92VM; 2015 92JS, 92IWR, 90VM; 2014 93JS; 2013 92VN; 2012 90RP & IWC
GRAPE:100% Tintilla. Vines planted since 1993. Tended in Albariza soil at 60 m (197 ft) elevation.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:With roast lamb, spicy sausage or charcuterie in a supporting role, this wine would fare well on the table.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING:Vara y Pulgar is aged for a total of 19 months. The first 12 months in 40% oak vat and 60% concrete tank of 6,000 Lit followed by additional 8 months in French oak barrels of 225 liters.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Located in the Jerez region near the town of Cadiz, southwest Spain by the Atlantic ocean. the soils of these vineyards are composed of the finest white chalk of Jerez by the name of Albariza. Average temperature during the April through October growing season is 21C (69.8 F) and annual rainfall is 600mm (23.6 in).
TASTING NOTES:Opaque ruby. Smoke- and mineral-accented black and blue fruits, candied flowers and succulent herbs on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and focused in the mouth, offering concentrated boysenberry, bitter cherry and violet pastille flavors that become sweeter as the wine opens up. The dark berry and floral notes linger on the spicy, very long finish, which is given shape by smooth tannins. -- Josh Raynolds.
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