Marqués de Vargas Selección Privada, elegance and know-how of a dynasty.

Red wine from D.O Rioja made with the varieties Tempranillo (63%), Mazuelo (4%), Garnacha (8%) & Others (25%)

Aged for 23 months in new Russian oak barrels. Classified as Reserva. Regular racking every 4 months at the beginning, then every 6 months. Bottled in January 2013. Temperature 17-18ºC and decanting before serving is highly recommended.

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Winemaking had been classic with destemming, each parcel is fermented separately in stainless steel tanks (10,000 Kg) for 11 days at controlled temperatures at 30ºC. Daily remontage and pumping over to obtain the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, the wine rests 14 days in skin contact after fermentation. The malolactic fermentation takes then partly place in new oak barrels.

The view is clear, a deep ruby color with violet rims. Clean, fresh and pronounced on the nose, with complex aromas and eucalyptus notes. Elegant fragrance of black fruit and fresh herbal hints of mint and balsamic.

On the palate, very well integrated acidity and fine tannins from the two years in new Caucasian oak barrels. Sophisticated range of ripe fruit flavours of nice intensity and a long finish, with good potential for ageing.

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The history of Marqués de Vargas wines can be traced back to 1840, when Felipe de la Mata, 8th Marqués de Vargas, planted the first vines at Hacienda Pradolager, near Logroño.

Hilario de la Mata, 10th Marqués de Vargas and father of the current Marqués, was a particularly significant figure in the project’s history. He was chairman of an important group of wine producers and co-owner of another company in the sector. Don Hilario was as passionate about wine as his predecessors and had always dreamed about having his own vineyard and producing wine that bore his family name. Unfortunately he died very young and did not live to see his dream come true.
In 1989, Pelayo de la Mata, 9th Marqués de Vargas, and his siblings, saw their father’s dream fulfilled when they built the current winery at Hacienda Pradolagar in Logroño, in the heart of La Rioja Alta.
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This was how Marqués de Vargas Family Wines and Estates was created, in tribute to Don Hilario de la Mata, who always wanted to have his own winery and produce wine that bore his family name. Don Pelayo de la Mata explains, “I remember my father’s expression, that gleam in his eyes when he talked, radiating excitement, about having his own winery, something he had thought about for years. My siblings and I couldn’t disappoint him.”

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