SPAIN


Alaia Marisa
2010 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: Castilla y León
Soil Type: Sandy loam withg pebbles on the surface and clay several meters deep underneath.
Vine Age: 25 years old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: October 2010.
Yield:

Vinification:

This is a blend of 50 % Prieto Picudo, 45% Tempranillo and 5% Merlot.
Prieto Picudo is a widely planted grape in Northern Spain and is often blended with other varietals. Prieto in Spanish means 'dark color', here making reference to the color the gape adds to a wine, Picudo refers to the pointy shape of the compact bunches.
The Prieto Pecudo brings the bright red fruity character to the wine, Tempranillo the body and structure while the Merlot soften and tame the other two varietals.

The grapes are carefully selected in the vineyards, taking into consideration the acidity and alcohol level. The grapes are harvested in 14kg boxes, de-stemmed and slightly pressed in order to extract the best must to make the maceration process more effective.
The grapes are then transferred into an interchanger device to reduce the musts temperature from 18-20º Centigrade to 12 to 14. This process is to prevent fermentation during maceration. The grapes are then left to macerate from 10 to 15 days to develop the color and the aroma.
Fermentation takes about 7 days and the grape skin is left with the musts during that process; the maximum temperature will be between 25 and 26º Centigrade.
The wine is then aged for 4 months in 225 liter French Oak barrels.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Dark red with purple on the rim.
Nose: Displays intense aromas of red fruit, cocoa powder and savoury mushroom notes.
Palate: The palate is fruity and medium-bodied, soft blueberry characters with some spice, balanced acidity, and good length.
Other: Great with lamb chops or sausages.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14
RS (g/l): 1.4
TA (g/l): 3.55
pH: 3.59