Vega Sicilia Macan Clasico 2013

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Tasting Note:

"The entry-level 2013 Macán Clásico is a cuvée from their 130 plots of vineyards in the Sonsierra zone of Rioja. It matured in barrel for one year before it was bottled. They tend to harvest quite early. "We start with the reds when people are finishing with the whites," Pablo Álvarez told me, and that probably was beneficial in a harvest when there was a lot of rain. This 2013 showed quite elegant and fresh, with more red fruit and sweet spices (cinnamon, vanilla), quite approachable. The oak seems better integrated than in previous years. It's very tasty, with the spices covering the sweet tannins and a long, very tasty and lively finish. Fresh and drinkable, sweeter and more accessible than the regular Macán. 39,500 bottles and some larger formats. In 2013 ,they had to sort and select the fruit, as it was a complex year, and it resulted in less bottles than in previous vintages." - Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate

 
FactSheet
FactSheet:

Composition:
Tempranillo
Drink Date:
2018 - 2021
Alcohol:
15%

Burgundian oak 12 months in 50% new and 50% 1-year old barrels

Body:
Full

Which glass?
Zalto Bordeaux

Decant it?
yes

 
Vineyards & vinification
Vineyards & vinification:

Only French oak barriques are used, 70% of them new and the rest second fill where the wine ages for 14-18 months.

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Vega Sicilia Macan Clasico 2013

Tempranillo, Benjamin Rothschild & Vega Sicilia, Rioja, Spain, 750ml

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About the Producer

In 1864, Eloy Lecanda founded the winery that symbolizes the golden legend of Spanish red wine. The Vega Sicilia we know today began in 1982, when El Enebro S.A. (a company owned by the Álvarez Mezquíriz family) acquired the winery and the vineyards.

From that year onwards, David Álvarez along with his sons and daughters have endeavoured to marry modern innovative techniques with traditional winemaking processes. The vineyards and vines, which are almost half a century old, receive careful attention and failing parcels have been replanted in rotation.

The Vega Sicilia winery is located in Valbuena de Duero, in the province of Valladolid, on an estate made up of a fertile plain that follows the course of the river. The river is the northern boundary of the 1,000 hectares of the property; the southern limit is set by the woods, which stand on the slopes leading to the plain. The estate has a plantation of 250 hectares of vineyard, which contains 80% of Tinto Fino (a clone of Tempranillo), the rest is interestingly divided between Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. The mixture of alluvial clay and limestone, apart from providing a fertile base, also impart a depth and complexity to their wines.

Yields in the vineyard are kept as low as is practical, and the defining quality of the wine-making process is the quality of raw material and attention to detail. Only the best grapes are used, and a complex series of racking takes place between large casks and smaller barriques as well as new and old oak.

Both the Vega-Sicilia Único and the Reserva Especial consist predominantly of Tinto Fino, around 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon and a little bit of Merlot. The former is their reference wine, released on a vintage basis. A beautiful ripe cherry colour, this is a big wine - a full and powerful structure with good tannins to carry the it in the cellar. The latter, the Único Reserva Especial, is all about consistency. It blends three vintages together to create a wine of uniformity. Traditionally, a Reserva Especial offers the best representation of the wines of the winery.

From their younger vines come the Valbuena 5°, a vintage red. It is also predominantly made up of Tinto Fino, but with more Merlot than Cabernet (in contrast to its bigger brother, the Único). The same red, Bordeaux colour leads to a fruity nose with a softer, more austere palate with a good length.

As dictated by tradition, wines are bottle-aged at the Bodega for 10 years before released to the public.

Highly prized, there are no secrets to the making of their magnificent wines. It all comes together with a blend of high-quality base fruit, meticulousness in the cellar, all executed with great expertise and passion. This is one of the world’s great fine wines.

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