Estate: Castillo de Maluenda is a label of Bodegas y Viñedos del Jalon, which is a commune of three bodegas that was established with funding by major financial institutions and the Government of Aragón in 1999. Located in the southern Calatayud region, it was initially created in order “to halt the decline of rural life and traditional production with the production of quality wines”. Today the bodega consists of 2400 acres of vineyards along with hundreds of grape growing families that respect the traditions of the area, in addition to applying technological advances to continue improving and developing their vineyards and wines. The name ‘Maluenda’ comes from one of the ancient Moorish fortifications that dominate their landscape, it is their “most important label, and is most representative of our tradition”.
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from high altitude, mountainside vineyards with vines 40+ years in age and slate and quartzite soils. Aged for 9 months in French oak. Unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of wild berries, woods and a hint of sweetly spiced oak. Even with its 14% Alcohol, this is a Garnacha that is light on its feet with blackberry, earth, and spiced oak notes all complimented by silky smooth tannins. The bright, dry finish is really the highlight of each sip, with a lively fruitiness running atop an undercurrent of dried herbs.
Bottled by R.E.N. 4736-Z
$14 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2020
Rated 91 points by Robert Parker
Sample submitted for review purpose