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Bodegas Viña Magaña Merlot Navarra Reserva 2007
Dignus an estate-bottled wine made by Bodegas Viña Magaña in the Navarra DO, just northeast of Rioja. Spanish wine aficionados who consider Navarra strictly a source for bulk wines would do well to reflect on what owner Juan Magaña has accomplished. Thirty years ago, Juan had a vision. After researching the best wines in the world, he decided to grow Bordeaux grapes in Navarra, with its specific Pomerol-like terroir. He bought Merlot cuttings from a nursery that sold to famous châteaux in St. Emilion and Pomerol, most notably the hallowed Château Pétrus. Juan's bodega was a pioneer in Navarra and over the years has become a reference point for quality in the region. The 100-hectare (247 acre) estate is located just south of the Ebro River. The Latin word dignus means dignified. Of the five districts in Navarra, Ribera Baja is the district rich with limestone and where Viña Magaña is located. This unique soil is one of the reasons why Viña Magaña wines are among the most sought after by collectors. The mineral identity and the naturally low pH of the limestone soil combine to give Dignus an ability to age for many years.
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The Baron De Magana is a Merlot, Cab, Tempranillo and Syrah blend in the 2007 vintage from the Navarra. The wine is very expressive and complex, with ripe dark fruit, spice and notes of leather.
The 2007 Magana Merlot is 100% varietal, aged for 18 months in French oak. A glass coating opaque purple color, it surrenders a high-class nose of pain grille, pencil lead, cassis, black currant, and plenty of spice. Layered and succulent on the palate, it conceals enough ripe tannin to blossom for another 5ndash;7 years. It should perform optimally from 2015 to 2030.
Aged in 100% new large French oak casks. Opaque ruby. Fragrant, complex bouquet of cherry-cola, incense, minerals and Asian spices. Initially dominated by its wood element, but powerful red and dark fruit preserve flavors come forward with air, along with notes of candied rose and star anise. The floral quality repeats on the sappy, impressively persistent finish. This bottling, which has only been made in 2007, 2005, 2001, 1990 and 1982, would do some damage in a tasting of high-end Bordeaux.
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