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Red Blend, 2018. Aresan

Red Blend, 2018. Aresan

Item #: U0620R2IS
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: D.O.C. La Mancha, Spain
Color: Very Dark
Nose: Currant. Char
Palate: Dense Black Cherry
Finish: Long and Luscious
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Red Meat, Game/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Aresan is a relatively new venture, having been founded in 2003 by three friends who had been working together for over 25 years. Miguel Munoz De La Cruz brought more than 20 decades of experience in crafting exceptional wines from La Mancha. Bernardo Ortega grew up in a grape-growing family. Irene Martinez joined the operation recently with international expertise in vine growing.

The perfect location of their vineyards makes organic farming much easier than most other areas. That's because they are almost half a mile above sea level, which means fewer pests to deal with and fewer errant weeds.

La Mancha is the single largest appellation in all of Europe, encompassing nearly 500,000 acres. It is considered a jewel because of its altitude, the altitude tempers the climate, and soils, which are some of the most beneficial known worldwide.

As a result, almost every grape can thrive here and, to a degree, they all do. In this case, the blend is Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. It's not as far-fetched as it sounds in that Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with the Tempranillo, Spain's national grape, in many parts of Spain. It adds a spice component as well as different layers of fruit. The Verdot extends the virtues of each and amalgamates the flavors into a luscious whole. Cranberry, chocolate, spice, and earth swirl freely to match all from chicken paprikash to osso buco.

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