Sunday, March 21, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Finca Loranque Winery


In Bargas, a municipality located approximately 15 km from Toledo (Spain), is Finca Loranque Winery, beside the Guadarrama river and a sandy-clay, among olive trees are farm lands, which although extensive, only spend about 42 ha. the cultivation of the vine.

Reaching this eighteenth century building, former home of field work and built with the architecture of Toledo then, is a bit risky, since the path is bordering fields and even crossing the river, but it's worth a little adventure , especially after a rainy winter like this, to see how the rivers return to normal. On the morning of Friday 19 March was an adventure for us because we had no appointment and we knew that the cellar had a special day with lunch included upon request.

Upon arrival you discover as planting vines on trellises, sits on a fertile sandy-clay, so you can think of high production of grapes and therefore of poor quality, but the tour will explain why this does not so.

We were received politely, along with 15 others, which seems to be had arranged visit, and began the visit with the comment that green pruning is performed to leave only half of clusters on the plant to produce such a result of more quality and soak the ground for imposing feature of his character.
On the farm we were surprised by the lack of a receiving hopper grape, but told us that the harvest is done by hand and placed in boxes of 15 kg. maximum, and then moves to a selection table which is dumped in clusters that do not meet an expected quality.

It is vinified using the filling of stainless steel tanks by gravity, entering the whole fruit in them, there is a cold maceration for a few days after control of alcoholic fermentation, which is followed by pumping the liquid until it takes the color and
It wants fruit flavor. The leftover skins are pressed to mix with grape juice and then flower and get the wine.

Finca Loranque dedicates its production and reserves breeds red wine, wine advice by Telmo Rodriguez. The rearing room has some hundreds of French oak barrels, American and Hungarian, with Bordeaux casks of 225 liters. and tanks 500 lts., so that parenting has about cn touch wood. The aging building is narrow and tall, with windows facing north to the top of the ship, and adobe walls, ideal for maintaining a constant relative humidity throughout the year.

In another building is the bottling room and storage bottles to finish developing their upbringing as well as the store of bottles and packed ready for departure to the consumer.

In the end we conducted a tasting room in a modern designed for that purpose, which we tested 4 of their wines.
The first was a Lacruz Tempranillo-Syrah maroon with a bright, clean, with primary aromas of fresh fruit, a touch of acidity typical of a young wine, and short aftertaste. Subsequently, the range Lacruz least expected the single-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine also very clean and bright, more expressive on the nose, powerful, smoothly evoking wood and a long aftertaste of ripe fruit and persistent, to me the most elegant wine of those tested, in this series.

The remaining two we tasted were Finca Loranque Syrah-Tempranillo wine aged 12 months, a fruity wine with hints of wood, very round and polished in the mouth and aftertaste mixed with citrus, toast and licorice. We ended the tasting with a Finca Loranque Syrah 2007, a high expression came with a brilliant garnet red (all the wines had a clear color and brightness spectacular), glyceric, aromas on the nose evoking ripe black fruit and roasted coffee, candy ... with good attack on the palate, silky, soft palate and a long aftertaste reminiscent of licorice and roasted.

In general, wines of modern transport, guided perhaps seeking a foreign market quickly, that are easy to drink, but in turn that fruit and evoke the image of wine is clean and in return glyceric wines for tough La Mancha to the domestic consumer is often seen regularly. Tell them put their trust under the name of Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla and that its production is around 100,000 liters., Well below the productions in the area and looking particularly for a wine tastes is not easy to nationals.

Tell them we could not stay for dinner (we had no reservation) and is a good experience to visit this winery.

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