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Characteristics of Baltasar Gracián Viñas Viejas
Baltasar Gracián Viñas Viejas is a red wine from Calatayud produced by Cooperativa San Alejandro. This wine is a varietal Grenache.
The grapes come from vines between 60 and 80 years old. They grow on glass with a natural drainage. The plots are located in mountainous areas between 800 and 1,000 metres above sea level. The soils are stony.
The climate is predominantly continental and the average yield is 3,000 kilos per hectare. The grapes are harvested in early October and the clusters, once they have been selected, are fermented in stainless steel tanks for 15 to 25 days at a maximum temperature of 30 °.
Baltasar Gracián Viñas Viejas ages finally in French oak barrels of 225 and 500 litres for 10 months.
San Alejandro is one of the most renowned wineries in Calatayud. Founded in 1962, the winery has a strong export orientation.
Serve at 18ºC
Grilled red meats, Cold meat, Roasted turkey, Game stew, Mature cheese, Roasted lamb, Beans and pulses, Duck, Stews
SightStrong cherry red colour.NoseNotes of berries and red fruits. Mineral and balsamic touches with hints of wood. High intensity.TasteGood entrance, it is tasty and balanced. Toasted and fruit notes give it balance.
SightIntense cherry red colour. Clean and bright.NoseIt shows a clean and high intensity nose in which aromas of fruits of the forest, red fruit and slight floral notes stand out. Its aromatic intensity provides mineral nuances together with typical notes of its ageing and pleasant roasted aromas. Balsamic hints in the background refresh the whole.TasteLarge and warm attack. It has a pleasant and soft mid-palate, with the fruit and the wood in harmony. Good acidity and ripe tannins. In the mouth, it is a tasty wine with an intense concentration of fruit and toasted hints that leave a persistent and balanced reminiscence.
SightAn intense picota cherry colour, clean and bright.NoseA clean, medium-high intensity nose with aromas of forest fruits, red fruit and flowers. Its aromatic intensity provides mineral touches with accompany nice roasted notes from its ageing. Balsamic hues in the background refresh the set. TasteBroad and warming attack. Enjoyable and smooth on the palate, with a good balance between the fruit and the wood. Good acidity and ripe tannins. Tasty with an intense concentration of fruit and toasted tones which leave a persistent and balanced nuance lingering.
SightVery bright and intense dark cherry colour. Medium-high robe. Thin tears.
Intense and concentrated aromas among which the notes of ripe red fruit, almost jam, take centre stage. The notes provided by the good wood (toasted and smoked notes) emerge along with balsamic aromas and floral touches which round out the nose of this wine.
TasteWide and warm attack. Very tasty and sweet wine, with a soft mid palate, marked by its balanced notes of fruit and wood. Good acidity and slightly sweet soft tannins. Very good and persistent finish.
Excellent wine that leaves very good sensations.
SightDark and shiny deep cherry red. Dense tear which dyes the glass. Nose
Very intense aromas. Dominance of the aromas of berries and red fruits with mineral and balsamic notes accompanied by touches provided by the oak (toasted, smoked and some cocoa).
Good attack. Rich, sweet and very nice mid palate, rich with fruit aromas. Ripe tannins. Cool, concentrated, full bodied and dry red wine. Lingering finish.
Aromas of forest fruits and berries. Its aromatic intensity suggests balsamic tones and mineral involved in a touch of wood.
TasteGood entry, delicious, with intense concentration of fruit and toasty tones that make a balanced and persistent memory.
Grand Gold Medal, Grenaches du Monde
CMB 2013, Medaille D Argen
Decanter WWA 2013, Bronze Medal
Mundus Vini 2013, Silver Medal
Ratings for the vintages from the D.O. Calatayud
Winery San Alejandro
The history and legendary Camino de Santiago to Navarra, with the resulting French and Central European cultural influence in the area, influenced in the Middle Ages the tradition of unique wines, centred on the use of the Garnacha Tinta grape variety. The modernisation of wineries, the careful choice of the vineyards, the incorporation of noble varieties, and the commitment of winemakers seeking more flavour instead of alcohol, has led to a new generation of Calatayud wines, which are fine, elegant and very personal.