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Vagüera

Alvar de Dios

Vagüera Bottle
Appellation
Tierra de Castilla y León
Variety
Albillo Rojo, Albillo Real, Albillo Negro, Moscatel, Moscatel Rojo, Godello, Verdejo, Palomino, Malvasia and other unknown
Age of Vines
95
Farming
Practicing organic
Soil
Clay limestone, red clay
Altitude
900–950 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, direct pressing, natural yeast co-fermentation in neutral 300L French oak barrels
Aging
12 months on the fine lees in 300L French oak barrels

Overview

Vagüera is a single 0.5 ha parcel of mixed vines located at 900–950 meters above sea level just outside the border of Toro in the village of El Maderal. Alvar purchased this site in 2009 when it was somewhat run down, as it had not been worked since 2006. There is a bewildering array of varieties planted here dating back to 1921. It is mostly Albillo in its various guises: Albillo Real, Albillo Rojo and Albillo Negro. Other recognizable varieties include: several types of Moscatel, Godello, Verdejo, Palomino and Malvasia. The remainder have yet to be identified – but at this point, isn’t it academic? The entire site is harvested on the same day, gently pressed and co-fermented by indigenous yeasts in neutral 300L French oak barrels.

Ratings & Reviews

92

2014 Vagüera

Source: WA

92

2013 Vagüera

Source: WA

Castilla y Leon, Spain
  • Location
    Castilla y Leon, Spain
  • Appellation
    Tierra de Castilla y León
  • Proprietor
    Alvar de Dios Hernandez
  • Winemaker
    Alvar de Dios Hernandez
  • Size / Elevation
    10 hectares / 700–950 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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