(From 2006 Vintage) Barón de Chirel wine first appeared in 1986 as the result of experimental production using a selection of grapes from very old vines, between 80 and 110 years’ old, with a very low yield and high quality. From the results of these trials would appear what we could say was the precursor of the so-called “new era” of Rioja wines. This wine is produced on a very limited scale and only in the best vintage years, in which the character of the vineyard, the soil and the variety are expressed as part of a single, harmonious whole. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC and the maceration period does not exceed 12 days. The malolactic fermentation takes place in small wooden vats with a capacity of 20,000 litres and the wine is then aged for 20 months in Bordeauxstyle barrels made of French oak. Finally, the wine spends a minimum time of a year rounding off in the bottle before being released for sale.
"Dark violet in color, with plenty of wood smoke and earth to the nose, which also offers tobacco and mushroom. Dynamic on the palate, with ripe cherry and blackberry flavors. Sort of airy on the fini...
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Wine & SpiritsRating: 76.2/100 - As reviewed by Int'l Wine & Spirits Comp. on 11/01/06
Wine SpectatorRating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/05