Gran Familia Rioja Wine 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The vines, with an average age of 25 years, are grown in top class Rioja Alta vineyards with soils composed of clay and limestone. A typical Rioja climate is one of moderate rainfall and hot summers. The grapes were picked by hand between mid September to end October and the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks with the temperature controlled at 26 degrees. When fermentation is over, the wine is racked into barrels for 8 months. Selection of barrels is of particular importance in Rioja where oak is such a critical element in winemaking. For Gran Familia we chose to put 50% of the wine into American oak barrels and 50% into French. This results in the perfect balance of fruit and oak.

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Château L'Arrosée:
Chateau I'Arrosee has a character with two clearly defined special features. Firstly, the domain is unusual in having two types of land. Part of the vineyard is planted on the sheltered slope to the south west of Saint-Emilion and has the maximum exposure to the sun. This situation is ideal for helping to ensure that the grapes are perfectly mature when they are harvested and the chalky clay so... Read more
Chateau I'Arrosee has a character with two clearly defined special features. Firstly, the domain is unusual in having two types of land. Part of the vineyard is planted on the sheltered slope to the south west of Saint-Emilion and has the maximum exposure to the sun. This situation is ideal for helping to ensure that the grapes are perfectly mature when they are harvested and the chalky clay soil provides a balanced supply of water and minerals for the vines. The other part of the vineyard lies at the foot of the slope where it is hotter. Having the two types of soil increases the chances of obtaining a very good grape compared with a land with a single type of soil. Another particularity is that the merlot grape variety is blended with 20% cabernet franc and. unusually. 20% cabernet sauvignon. Cabernet sauvignon. the great vine of the Medoc region, is not usually planted on clay soils but grows easily here where it is exposed to full sun. Read less

Member Reviews for Gran Familia Rioja Wine

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Snooth User: bbrownri
73104543
3.50 5
02/20/2011

Big and juicy to start. Plum, cherry, raisin. Then an interesting stony note and supple tannic finish.


Snooth User: mcdigg
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4.50 5
04/22/2010

Fantastic for the value!


Snooth User: Halo21
79126195
3.50 5
08/05/2008

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Mimi Kim
6488783,073
0.00 5
Vintage: 2003 09/13/2011

This full-bodied wine includes notes of oak and spice, with full flavors of raspberry and vanilla.


External Reviews for Gran Familia Rioja Wine

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Source: kybecca
Vintage: 2005 07/02/2008

A terrific Rioja value that benefited from a great vintage.



The vines, with an average age of 25 years, are grown in top class Rioja Alta vineyards with soils composed of clay and limestone. A typical Rioja climate is one of moderate rainfall and hot summers. The grapes were picked by hand between mid September to end October and the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks with the temperature controlled at 26 degrees. When fermentation is over, the wine is racked into barrels for 8 months. Selection of barrels is of particular importance in Rioja where oak is such a critical element in winemaking. For Gran Familia we chose to put 50% of the wine into American oak barrels and 50% into French. This results in the perfect balance of fruit and oak.

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