Ribera del Júcar a region to discover

denominacion-de-origen-ribera-del-jucarRibera del Júcar is one of a dozen unknown yet exemplary wine regions in Spain. It’s an ancient wine region that was under vine during the Roman Empire. But it’s also one of the newest; it was only granted it’s Denominación de Origen in 2003. Before that, it was only labelled as an anonymous La Mancha wine.

 

“The Magdalena” Sociedad Cooperativa de Castilla-La Mancha was founded in 1958 by 60 local growers. This is a common means of wine production for small wineries in economically strained wine regions, and It’s been the standard in Europe for decades. For this wine, the co-op partnered with a viticultural consulting firm,  Majuelos de Espana, to create the wine from a few select Tempranillo vineyards.

The Magdalena, is located in Casas de Haro in the D. O. « Ribera del Júcar » with a unique microclimate. The special soil conditions of the Ribera del Júcar, where soil depth, together with the layer of pebbles (pebbles as we call in the area) that cover the land, allow an optimum and uniform ripening of the grapes.

Proof of the outstanding characteristics of the soils in more than 90% of the planted area corresponds to red varieties, in contrast to the rest of the vineyard of Castilla-La Mancha.

The Magdalena, has a vineyard area of over 1,400 hectares, producing about 8,000,000 Kg of grapes, planted with noble varieties such as: Tempranillo, Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Moscatel de Grano Menudo, Airen and Macabeo.

sueño

Bodegas La Magdalena 2013 “Sueño” Tempranillo

Sueño is proof positive that Spanish wines are undervalued. This wine is a 100% Tempranillo aged for 10 months in different sized oak barrels for well-integrated aromas of wood. The aroma drips with basil, charred fruit, smokey cinnamon and a touch of round earthiness. The mouth reveals notes of licorice, blackberry, cherry, and tobacco.  Robust and tight tannins, couple of years of aging would bring even more elegance and softness to the wine. The finish is particularly strong, with a hint of minerality.

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