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Characteristics of La Zarcita
La Zarcita is a red wine from the appellation of origin (D.O) Ribera del Guadiana produced by the winery Palacio Quemado. This was a project set up in 1999 by the winery Bodegas Alvear in the town of Alange (Badajoz).
La Zarcita is producted from a blend of Tempranillo (40%), Syrah (40%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). The vines are planted at an altitude of 520 meters above sea level and the soils are mainly calcareous.
For production, the grapes are harvested and fermented separately, this respects the optimum period for ripening and to preserve the grape's character.
SightDark cherry red with garnet reflections. Clean and bright.NoseMedium-high Intensity with black fruit and wild aromas. Toasted and spicy notes over a balsamic base.TasteFresh, fruity, balanced. Passing is light and enveloping, with sweet tannins. Good persistence with spicy and fruity flavours.
SightA dark maroom rim with some violet/blue reflections.NoseGood balance between spicy notes and toasted notes from the new French oak barrel, with hints of forest fruits, redcurrents, blackberries...TasteExpressive and persistent, with a good balance between fruit and wood and nice finish, improving glass by glass.
Although Extremadura has been a little behind in the revolution of Spanish viticulture, it is evident that the area is now making a firm commitment to improve and modernise viticulture and oenology in the region. Many wines of the region reflect this new lease of life while holding on to their own extremeño style. It is therefore not surprising that new visionary winemakers and wineries have, as they have in Alvear, set up wineries in these latitudes to produce modern and personal wines.
Under cover of the Protected Designation of Origin "Ribera del Guadiana" are more than 100 ha. vineyard of tempranillo, grenache, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and some traditional indigenous variety recovering. Roman testimonies land oozing, only 18 km from Merida in Alange.