Flaco Tempranillo<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Produced from dry-farmed vineyards of granitic sand and limestone clay in the up-and-coming appellation of DO Vinos de Madrid. These vines are tended by hand in diverse micro-climates, allowing for more consistency of ripeness year after year. Low-yielding estate-owned vineyards (31 ha/hl average) showcase balance, concentration and freshness. Flaco has an impressive pedigree, but still manages to be universally enjoyable—and affordable.
RATING HISTORY:2019 90VM; 2017 88JS; 2015 90VM; 2014 90VM
GRAPE:100% Tempranillo. Vines planted from 1995-2003. Tended in clay soil at 750 m (2,400 ft) of elevation
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:The fresh, pure character of this wine makes this an extremely versatile wine to pair with food. This wine pairs well with white meats like pork and chicken and flaky fish like hake, cod or flounder. This has the fruit and acidity to match with red meats, as well.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING:Aged in stainless steel tanks and cement tanks of 10,000 lit capacity. The short cycle Tempranillo variety is usually harvested mid Sept. Maceration and fermentation takes 10 days for Tempranillo, followed by 2 days of post maceration at cool temperatures (41F).
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Planted in the Arganda and Navalcarneros districts, located southeast and west of the city of Madrid at 750m (2,400 ft) elevation. The vineyards are composed of sand, limestone and clay soil. The average temperature between April and October is 66.7F with 20.1 inches of yearly rainfall. The Southern Continental climate's hot days and cool nights plays a major role in the slower, yet more balanced ripening process of the grape.
TASTING NOTES:Brilliant ruby-red. A highly perfumed nose evokes ripe red berries and floral pastilles, and a hint of white pepper lends a spicy touch. Plush, seamless and gently sweet, offering raspberry and cherry compote flavors that become more energetic on the back half. Emphatically fruity and supple in texture, finishing with just a hint of smooth, harmonious tannins. This fruit-driven, very appealing wine offers superb value. -- Josh Raynolds.
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