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Anciano Gran Reserva “Aged 10 Years”

Varietal: Tempranillo 100%
D.O.: Valdepeñas
Production: 10,000 cases

Color: Dark ruby shading to brick red
Nose: Spicy notes of leather and vanilla
Palate: Fruit compote and licorice
Finish: Long, & velvety

The Tempranillo grapes were hand-picked from 25 year old vines in stony Valdepeñas vineyards. The soil is clayey-lime and the climate continental - cold winters and hot, dry summers. The growers take care to harvest to achieve optimum ripeness while maintaining good acidity. Fermentation is at controlled temperatures (20-23 degrees celsius) for 15-17 days in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then matured in French and American oak barriques for a minimum of
24 months and released 10 years following vintage.

pH: 3.47
TA: 5.1 g/l
ALC: 13.0%
RS: <4.0g/l
Malolactic: Yes

After extensive tasting and analysis of the best cuvées available in the cellars of Bodegas Navalon, Norrel Robertson MW selects the wine for Anciano. Bodegas Navalon is surrounded by the ancient vineyards of DO Valdepeñas in the rural heart of Spain. It is a family owned bodega, part of a company that was originally
founded at the start of the 20th Century by Don Juan Sánchez. Grapes are sourced from small growers across the region to make the classic red wine Anciano, which is aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 24 months.


90 Points - The Wine Advocate Issue # 188, June 2010

“The Gran Reserva Aged 10 years delivers a captivating bouquet, the product of a good vintage and extended aging in barrel and bottle. Notes of Asian spices, incense, cigar box, lavender, red licorice, and confiture of black cherry lead to a silky textured wine with savory flavors, excellent balance, and no hard edges. ”


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