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Alaia Marisa
2011 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: Castilla y León.
Soil Type: Sandy loam withg pebbles on the surface and clay several meters deep underneath.
Vine Age: Over 25 years old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: October 2011.
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 Picudo 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: Deep dark color.
Nose: Aromas of black fruits with cocoa butter.
Palate: It is ripe and juicy, fruity with Mumford black cherry, some cassis and a hint of spice with a smooth finish.
Other: Alaia Marisa will pair well with grilled red meat or lamb chops as well as any winter stew.

Chemical Analysis:

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