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Marqués de Vargas Rioja Reserva 2000

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

This 60-hectare bodega has been in the hands of the Vargas family for 4 generations and produces benchmark Riojas. Recently a new state of the art winery has been installed and Bordeaux-based Michel Rolland has been retained as a consultant. The grapes are fermented and then pressed in new oak barrels for 15 months. They are then kept in bottle a further 2 years prior to release. Only red Reservas are produced, and the wines are well-structured, fruit-driven and stylish.

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Marqués de Vargas:
Winery The winery Marqués de Vargas was built in 1989 on the Hacienda Pradolagar Estate in Logroño and was the first project of the Grupo Vinícola Marqués de Vargas. The winery, set in the middle of its own vineyards like a “chateâu”, is located in the heart of the Ebro Valley, in a region known as the “Three Marquis”. In this winery ... Read more
Winery The winery Marqués de Vargas was built in 1989 on the Hacienda Pradolagar Estate in Logroño and was the first project of the Grupo Vinícola Marqués de Vargas. The winery, set in the middle of its own vineyards like a “chateâu”, is located in the heart of the Ebro Valley, in a region known as the “Three Marquis”. In this winery three premium single vineyard red wines are produced in limited production.   History Saying Marqués de Vargas in the wine world is naming four generations dedicated to the production and sales of excellent Rioja wines. The title of the Marqués de Vargas is held by a family closely linked to this important viticultural region in Spain. It was in 1840 when Felipe de Mata, the eighth Marqués de Vargas, planted the first vines in the outskirts of Logroño. Especially memorable was Hilario de la Mata, the father of the current Marqués de Vargas, who for years presided over one of the most emblematic wineries in Rioja. In 1989, Pelayo de la Mata, the current Marqués de Vargas, realized his father’s dream by building a winery on the Estate Hacienda Pradolagar in Logroño.   Vineyard Our property has an area of 65 hectares, and is planted with the red varieties Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano and Garnacha. Each is planted on virus-free American base plant and protected from westerly winds. In order to achieve our objectives, the utmost care is taken from the beginning of the process —the planting of the vines—where we treat our vineyards as though they were the most refined garden. The soil is calcareous-clayey, very poor in nutrients, but excellent for the quality it produces. The vines are never watered so as to avoid the weakening of the tannins, and no pesticides or herbicides are used. The vine stocks are pampered year-round through different pruning processes and the removal of some grapes to improve the quality of the remaining grapes. With a production level restricted to 4,000 or 5,000 Kg. per hectare in order to obtain fruits at their optimum level of acidity, tannic structure and alcohol degree, we exclusively make red Reserva wines. Read less

External Reviews for Marqués de Vargas Rioja Reserva

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This 60-hectare bodega has been in the hands of the Vargas family for 4 generations and produces benchmark Riojas. Recently a new state of the art winery has been installed and Bordeaux-based Michel Rolland has been retained as a consultant. The grapes are fermented and then pressed in new oak barrels for 15 months. They are then kept in bottle a further 2 years prior to release. Only red Reservas are produced, and the wines are well-structured, fruit-driven and stylish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Full-bodied and earthy, with red plum, cola and tomato aromas. The palate mixes leafy, herbal flavors with candied cherry, and the combination proves to have issues. Finishes gritty, with hard tannins. More traditional than modern in style.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Alluring. This brooding red shows dark flavors of brandied plums, dark chocolate and licorice; firm and balanced on the palate, with a long finish of spice and smoke. It has character and depth. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Intense ripe cherry color. Complex aromas, an elegant bouquet and warm flavor, with a perfect mingling of acidity and the noble tannins which its aging in oak provides.




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