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Characteristics of Calderona Roble
Viña Calderona Roble is a red wine from the D.O. Cigales made by Bodega Frutos Villar. Frutos Villar arrived in Cigales in 1960 and founded the current winery which has 105 hectares of Tempranillo vineyards. The hard work of generations in this DO have resulted in the fantastic wines Calderona and Conde Ansúrez, which have made Frutos Villar the leading winery in this DO.
Viña Calderona Roble is made 100% with Tempranillo grapes. It goes through a traditional maceration in stainless steel deposits, with 3 pump-overs every day during its 15-20 days of fermentation at a controlled temperature of 26-28ºC. The wine is then devatted and left to rest before filling the barrels.
This wine has been aged for 4 months in American oak barrels. It then ages for at least 3 months more in the bottle before going onto the market.
Until recently, the D.O Cigales was a region that produced wines that were defined by the rural and traditional nature of the region and its ancient history. The wines here were made using traditional techniques such as stone vats, treading the grapes by foot and fermentation left to the vagaries of nature. However, over the past two decades, the reality of wine here has become something very different. One only has to enter any of the of the region’s renowned wineries to notice that their wines have taken the highway of modernity, shaking off their old reputation. The region has continued to produce rosés, although they are now juicier, fresher and well balanced. The region is also leaning ever more towards the production of red wines, following the example set by other regions along the Duero river, although perhaps with the difference that here they may be easier to drink.