The grapes come from vines 35 years old on average. They are farmed following environmentally friendly practices that exclude the use of chemicals, herbicides and insecticides.
Harvested by hand, the grapes were destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks with daily pump-overs and punch-downs.
After 12 days, they underwent malolactic fermentation and were transferred into new and used French, American and Russian oak barrels.
There, the wine was aged for 20 months. During the process, it was drawn off every 5-6 months. Finally, the wine was bottled unclarified and unfiltered, and subsequently aged for a further 24 months in the bottle prior to its release.
Decant this Rioja reserve wine of the Marqués de Vargas winery 1 hour before drinking.
Drink Marqués de Vargas Reserva 2012 from now until 2024.
The red wine Marqués de Vargas Reserva has a dark cherry colour with a ruby rim.
Red and black fruit, delicately nuanced by aromas of spices, cocoa, remembrances of Havanna cigars, cedar and toast, typical of a reserve red wine from Rioja, nuanced by a touch aromatic herbs, liquorice and balsam.
Smooth and silky, this reserve red wine by Bodega Marqués de Vargas exhibits some intense notes of toast and fruit underpinned by aromas of menthol, underbush, exotic spices and cocoa. Well-balanced acidity, mellow tannins and medium, slightly bitter, elegant finish.
|Our personal opinion||
The Spanish red wine Marqués de Vargas Reserva 2012 is a serious wine from Rioja that, despite it is currently drinking wonderfully, has some very good years ahead of it.
Marqués de Vargas Reserva 2011:
Marqués de Vargas Reserva 2010:
Silver Medal-International Wine Challenge & IWSC Contest. Bronze Medal-Decanter Awards.
Marqués de Vargas Reserva 2009:
Tanzer 91. Peñín 91. Silver Medal-International Wine Challenge. Bronze Medal-Decanter World Wine Awards.
Marqués de Vargas Reserva 2008:
Peñín 90. Tanzer 91. Labelled as "Rioja Masters" by The Drink Business.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French, Caucasus, and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||20|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 85%, Mazuelo 10%, Garnacha 5%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Civet, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted red meats, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|