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Abel Mendoza Tempranillo Grano a Grano

Abel Mendoza Tempranillo Grano a Grano
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Respectful agriculture

A fresh, balanced and very elegant experience

Respectful agriculture
Abel Mendoza Tempranillo Grano a Grano
Red wine Aged in wood. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Tempranillo
Designation of Origin: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Production area: La Rioja
Winery: Abel Mendoza
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Red wine Aged in wood. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Tempranillo
D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)
Winery: Abel Mendoza
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of Abel Mendoza Tempranillo Grano a Grano

Abel Mendoza Tempranillo Grano a Grano is an organic, single-variety Tempranillo red wine produced by the Abel Mendoza winery in the D.O.Ca. Rioja.

The Abel Mendoza Monge winery was founded in 1988 in San Vicente de la Sonsierra (Rioja Alta) by Abel and his wife Maite Fernández. With only 16 hectares of land, they produce rare, unusual and highly sought after wines. Away from the media, their wines are the result of hard work in the vineyards and the interpretation of the different soils where the vines grow.

Specifically, Abel Mendoza Tempranillo Grano a Grano comes from the fruits of different plots in the same town as the winery. A town with a long history of winemaking where the couple uses ecological and respectful agriculture, taking into account the natural balance of the strain and the terroir. The harvest is carried out manually.

In the winery, the Abel Mendoza Tempranillo Grano a Grano grapes are carefully destemmed by hand. Winemaking begins in stainless steel tanks and malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels. Finally, it ages for 18 months in French oak barrels, before being bottled.

Abel Mendoza Tempranillo Grano a Grano is a red wine where the freshness of the fruit is balanced with the intensity of the barrel. A fresh, balanced and very elegant experience.
Serve at 17.0ºC
Contains sulphites
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Iberian ham, Cod, Large game, Game birds

Tasting notes Abel Mendoza Tempranillo Grano a Grano

This vintage, rated as "Very Good", was characterized by the hard frost that occurred when the vegetative cycle was beginning in mid-April, and by the subsequent drought. Except for these two weather events, the year passed normally, with the vintage displaying a perfect health status in the last phase of the cycle. The wines of this vintage are characterized by having a somewhat higher average graduation than 2016, with a very good aging capacity and a high percentage of fine and very identifiable wines.
Abel Mendoza Tempranillo Grano a Grano 2016 is a fruity red wine with intense aromas of ripe fruit, truffle and vanilla. The barrel gives a balsamic and smoked background. On the palate it is dry, balanced and structured. The balanced acidity gives it freshness on the mid-palate.
After a winter with normal temperatures and rainfall for D.O.Ca Rioja, high temperatures in spring and summer market his year, as well as the absence of rain at the most dangerous times for the vineyard. These factors led to very healthy vines, but the harvest was brought forward three weeks on average. As a result, this year was rated as a very good one in the area, with the only drawback of not reaching full ripeness. Therefore, the wines from this vintage are those typical from Rioja, with a slightly higher alcoholic strength and a good balance between acidity and ripening.
It was a fairly balanced year until the harvest season arrived. The beginning of the cycle, in October, started with high temperatures, and it was not until mid-November that the first frosts began and the leaves of the vines began to fall to prepare for winter. Throughout the winter, rainfall was generous and water reserves could be secured for the growth cycle period. During the months of March and April, there was an increase in temperatures that led to the good sprouting of the plant. The growth cycle of the vines was suitable, and the sudden rise of temperatures resulted in quite a fast blooming. There was an optimal growth of the fruit, until the harvest season, when rains damaged the state of the grapes and caused a drop in production. This is a good vintage, but the last rains damaged the final result. The wines are good and can be drunk in the short- and mid-term, they have a medium body and material.
This vintage was marked by a very rainy and cold spring just at the time of the growth cycle. This fact caused it to ripen unevenly and with a certain delay. Thanks to a fairly dry September and October, the grapes that ripened with a certain delay were harvested in a selective manner. A complicated vintage, but with good results since there was an exhaustive selection of the grapes. A good balance between concentration and acidity in their youth define the wines from this vintage.
A good balance and few climate incidents define this vintage. The autumn began with mild temperatures and lack of rain. In March began the rain,as well as the development of the vines. At the beginning of the growth cycle of the vines, temperatures decrease and there were a lot of rainy days. This caused an irregular growth of the vineyard. After an unstable month of May, the temperatures increased, and a cycle without rains began. This resulted in perfect sprouts and a good flowering. The summer months were warm and with some heat waves, which caused a slower growth cycle and some symptoms of water stress, and thus a concentration of fruit. At the end of September, and before the harvest, there was some rain that was perfect for a great year thanks to the perfect ripening of the grapes. Good acidity and concentration define the wines from this vintage. Fine wines with a great ageing potential.
An excellent vintage in Rioja. With a mild autumn, and a cold and rainy winter, the growth season began with enough resources for the perfect development of the vines. During this period, there were no pests and diseases until the end of the growth cycle. During the harvest, there were no significant rains, so the health and ripening of the grapes were excellent. A great year with great aged wines that can be stored for a long time. Perfect balance between the most amiable tannins and the good acidity, which give these wines an extraordinary length.
2010 was considered the perfect vintage after some very good years. An optimal growth cycle, without incidents regarding the health of the vineyards. The harvest took place during a magnificent state of the vines and with a moderate production, with good fruit setting and slow ripening. A great year with excellent ageing potential, which resulted in spicy and fruity wines, with a very good structure and acidity.

Ratings

  • Parker 95
  • Atkin 93
  • Decántalo 95
  • Decántalo 95
  • Parker 94
  • Peñin 93
  • Parker 94
  • Peñin 93
  • Parker 92
  • Parker 93

Ratings for the vintages from D.O.Ca. Rioja

2017 Very good
2016 Very good
2015 Very good
2014 Good
2013 Good
2012 Very good
2011 Excellent
2010 Excellent
2009 Very good
2008 Very good
2007 Very good
2006 Very good
2005 Excellent
2004 Excellent
2003 Good
2002 Good
2001 Excellent
2000 Good
1999 Good
1998 Very good
1997 Good
1996 Very good
1995 Excellent
1994 Excellent
1993 Good
1992 Good
1991 Very good
1990 Good
1989 Good
1988 Good
1987 Very good
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Designation of Origin D.O.Ca. Rioja

Winery Abel Mendoza

Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.

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Imágenes y situación D.O.Ca. Rioja

Among the newest wineries in Rioja, one of the most recognized is Abel Mendoza Monge. This small winery was founded in 1988 in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, town of great wine tradition.

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