Grapes: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Tempranillo
There are two vineyards used for the production of Casa l’Angel Old Vines; “Casa Tortosa” and “Finca San Vicente.” Both vineyards were planted in the mid- to late-1980s and produce small quantities of intense grapes. They both have typically sandy clay loam soils and are at a height of 600 m above sea level.
The varieties were fermented separately, after a gentle destemming and light crushing. The fermentation-maceration took place in stainless steel tanks of 5,000 kilos of capacity. Fermentations start cool and finish warm, this combined with a program of pumping over, extracts color and appropriate structure in the end yielding a clean fermentation and high quality wine.
Following alcoholic fermentation the Cabernet and Tempranillo were aged separately for 8 months in new and one year old French oak barrels. They completed their malolactic fermentations in barrel yielding a more complex and well-integrated wine.
The Wine Advocate
La Vinia’s 2008 Casa L’Angel Old Vines is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in a mix of new and used French oak. Deep crimson-colored, it exhibits an expressive nose of cedar, spice box, and assorted black fruits. This leads to a mouth-filling, forward, savory wine that can be enjoyed over the next 4 years. Issue 188, April 2011