Wednesday, October 24, 2012

PostHeaderIcon Utiel-Requena wineries (III): Finca Ardal

One of the small wineries that have Requena in his term, large wine bottles, is Finca Ardal. This winery nineteenth century who founded one of the ancestors of the present family Gil-Orozco, who from 1996 took over this project to produce wines of quality, using the vineyard and the situation surrounding the winery.

The new winery is currently located in the old building where wines were produced double paste today has attached a new area where wines are made in stainless steel tanks, using technology for the development and preservation of wine, there is also a barrel cellar in the basement of the house where the wine rests between 6 and 14 months to produce these quality wines then I will comment.

The vineyard is composed of traditional plants Bobal and Tempranillo, dating from 80 and 40 years to which were added more recently planted plants like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Each variety has its cycle and its collection and are vinified separately to seek the highest expression of them and then assemble for wines that the winery produces. The Bobal single variety has its own production and also this winery is inside Primum Bobal Association, which brings together seven wineries that are committed this type of grape as a quality product and unique in the world. 

After the tour we tasted the wines of the cellar, starting with a 'coupage' of little aging (6 months) of Tempranillo, Syrah and Bobal, a wine with a ruby red with a brilliant tone, on the nose predominated red fruit, some mineral character and very elegant spiced undertones. In the mouth fresh and voluminous, with a short but very intense aftertaste, a fairly young wine, named of a 2006 harvest TANUS name. This name evokes certain vestiges of Roman empire was found on the farm and texts written in stone have his name taken. 

Also tasted another 'coupage' in this case of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Merlot, named Ocho Cuerdas 2006 vintage, this wine's name is in memory of 8-string guitar, the founder of the winery invented in his facet as artist, this is a little more evolved because their passage through French barrels more than 12 months, but it the color is ruby with orange border more, glyceric and upper middle layer. The nose is more complex, finding spices like cinnamon, cloves, leaves of snuff, leather and candied black fruit. The palate still has a remarkable tannin but also friendly, long aftertaste with great memories to high roast and smoked. 

Another wine that we tasted at the winery, but I personally if I've done it several times, is the single variety Ocho Cuerdas Bobal, of dark purple, intense, high cape. Clear and brilliant. A complex aroma of ripe red fruit on a background spiced (ground pepper). Well integrated with good quality wood . Enters the mouth smoothly with a long aftertaste. This wine is round and balanced, fleshy, with sweet tannins and good polished.

A very charming small winery that makes wines of great quality and good price / quality ratio.

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