The most famous red grape of Spain, Tempranillo is the the principal component of wines made in Rioja, Ribero del Duero and Toro, among others. Its name is the diminutive of the Spanish temprano (""early""), a reference to the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. Tempranillo is usually blended with Garnacha (Grenache) and Mazuelo (Carignan) to which it adds red fruit like plum and strawberries to the blend.
Viña Pomal Crianza is the flagship wine of Bodegas Bilbaínas, one of Rioja’s oldest estates, and has now been produced for over 100 years. The winery had a bottling plant near London’s Charing Cross in the 1940’s, and Viña Pomal was reputed to be a favourite of Winston Churchill. The wine is ruby with violet hues, while the nose is intense, dominated by floral and fruity aromas (black fruit) with notes of liquorice, vanilla and toasted flavours. The palate is balanced, soft and fresh. Shows good structure and soft tannins.
The winery’s vineyards for its Crianza lie at a very high elevation of 800 meters and are among the most dramatic and steep in Rioja. The vines reach up to 100 years of age and are located within a Biosphere reserve, where they are cultivated organically.
Plenty of detail goes into the evolution of this wine. The vineyards for this wine are sustainably farmed with cover crops in the vine rows. The grapes are sourced from 15 different vineyards, bringing varying elevation and soil types to the equation. Fermentation is spontaneous, to emphasize terroir. In terms of maturing and finishing the wine in oak, 22 different coopers are used to add complexity to final product. Legaris has used a 50/50 split of French and American oak.
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