Bodegas Navalon Anciano Gran Reserva 10 Years
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Tempranillo grapes were hand picked from 30 year-old, estate-grown fruit in stony vineyards in late August/early September.
- The soils are clayey lime and there is a chalky layer which retains water to refresh the vines. Altitude helps moderate summer heat, as the climate in Valdepeñas is classic continental, with cold winters and long hot, dry summers.
- The “10 Years” refers to the number of years Bodegas Navalon cellars the wine before being released.
Varietal Composition: 100% Tempranillo
Elaboration: Fermentation was at controlled temperatures (below 82º C) in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then matured for over 24 months in French and American oak barriques with varying toasting levels.
Tasting Notes: Intense red shading to tawny at the rim. Aroma characteristics include: black cherry, strawberry, balsamic, leather, tobacco and vanilla oak. Soft and supple on the palate with red fruit flavors, mellow tannins and a smooth finish.
Bodegas Navalon is surrounded by the ancient vineyards of DO Valdepeñas in the heart of Spain. The bodega has been the passion of the same local family for several generations. It was originally founded at the start of the 20th Century by Don Juan Sánchez, a landowner who decided to build a winery to make his own wine, rather than selling his grapes to others. Valdepeñas means Valley of Rocks, referring to the special soil, strewn with pebbles and larger stones. These stones soak up the sun’s rays during the day, and then release their heat during the night. Deep underground, layers of chalk and clay retain water which is vital for refreshing the vines during the intense summer heat. At an average altitude of 2,300f above sea level, the vineyards benefit from a dry continental climate with over 2,500 hours of sun and low rainfall, resulting in an ideal microclimate for growing vines. Winemaker, María José Marchante, is guided by Master of Wine, Norrel Robertson in producing varietaly-correct wines that are fresh, fruity, and deliver incredible value!