2014 Marques de Grinon Dominio de Valdepusa El Rincon
The wine is powerful and intense. Nice proportion in the acids, tannins the bitter. This is pretty firm and full of character, tempting by some sweetness and the color is deep ruby red. The scent is nicely open, sweet scent, jam and cherries, thyme and rosemary, warm and tempting, peppery, black pepper, temptation. The wine is made by Marques de Grinon in Aldea del Fresno, a winery in La Mancha about 55 kilometers from Madrid. Carlos Falco is the beating heart of this winery and he is personally responsible for ensuring that the syrah is planted in his vineyards. Syrah now has amazing results in both southern Spain and Portugal. At the time, syrah was a rarity in those countries and not allowed. Falco dared to take the gamble and was far ahead of its time at the time. Irrigation, then a curse in old Europe, is now allowed in dry Spain. Regulated, yes. Meanwhile, the syrah (and also the cabernet sauvignon) has been accepted in La Mancha under the Vinos de Madrid appellation. Marques de Grinon is also a producer of Vinos de Pago, a qualification for high quality 'estate' wines.
The terroir of Valdepusa are formed by a surface layer of clay with a thickness of 30-50 cm, resting on a substrate of limestone formed on chalk. It is a kind of terroir with an almost ideal PH value (pH> 8), excellent structure and drainage and is comparable to the beautiful terroirs in Burgundy and therefore ideal for the production of great wines.
The domain is located in the central region of Spain with a lot of sunshine (3000 hours / year). The climate is continental, with sharp contrasts between arid, warm summers and cold winters. This big difference in temperature also occurs between day and night. The average temperature is 17 ° C. Average 5 ° C in winter and up to 26 ° C in summer. The average rainfall is about 450 mm. The vineyards of Marques de Grinon are located around an average elevation of 490 meters above sea level.
Carlos Falco was educated at the University of Davis in the 1970s and when he returned to Spain he decided to apply all his knowledge to the unique terroir of Valdepusa. The winery Marques de Grinon has been a great success since its first year. Innovative, creative and terroir knowledge of the vineyard makes the wines of Marques de Grinon absolutely unique and has led them to put Vino de Pago on their labels.
VINO DE PAGO: wine from vineyards of a defined area where wine is made of very high quality.
This is one of the innovations from the law 'de la Viña y del Vino' and applies to wines from one specific wine domain with micro location. This is the highest category in the Spanish wine classification.
This includes wines of a generally recognized level, made from grapes grown under climatic and soil conditions such that they are representative and distinctive of a particular 'place' or 'rural area'. The production and marketing of these wines must meet a very extensive system of quality requirements, and at least meet all the requirements set for a qualified and controlled designation of origin. In addition, these wines must be made and bottled on the specific winery or within the municipal boundaries of the respective vineyard.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Marques de Grinon|
|Drinking as of||2016|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard|