Vina Magana 2012 'Dignus' Navarra DO
Item Number: 7727
Sub Region: Navarra
Appellation/AVA: Navarra DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 50% Tempranillo / 25% Merlot / 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Soil Type: Thick river stones atop limestone bedrock
Elevation: 1,309 feet
Vine Age: Vines planted in 1970.
Winemaking Notes: Each variety is vinified separately in 228-liter Burgundy barrels, utilizing 15% whole cluster fermentation. Fermenting with a percentage of stems helps to aerate the the cap. The cap is the layer of solids; skins and pips that form at the top of the fermenting must, so that the oxygen introduced helps to extract beneficial tannins. The wine is aged for 12 months in three-year-old French oak barrels.
Pairing Suggestions: This hearty wine is best paired with rich dishes and dense flavors. Osso bucco, braised beef and pork shanks, spätzle with wild mushroom sauce, and bull and ox stews are all great matches for this wine. Both wine and food will help the other to reveal the depth of layered aromas and flavors each possesses.
About the Estate: Thirty years ago, Juan had a vision. After researching the best wines in the world, he decided to grow Bordeaux grapes in Navarra, with its specific Pomerol-like terroir. He bought Merlot cuttings from a nursery that sold to a famous châteaux in St. Emilion and Pomerol, and most notably the hallowed Château Pétrus. Juan’s bodega was a pioneer in Navarra and over the years has become a reference point for quality in the region. The 100-hectare (247 acre) estate is located just south of the Ebro River. Of the five districts in Navarra, Ribera Baja is the district where Viña Magaña is located, and also very rich in limestone. This unique soil is one of the reasons why Viña Magaña wines are among the most sought after by collectors. The mineral identity and the naturally low pH of the limestone soil combine to give Dignus an ability to age for many years.