Santa Rosa Reserva 2016

Santa Rosa Reserva commemorates founder Enrique Mendoza Cortes’ mother, Rosa Cortes Devesa. She instilled in him a passion for grape growing and winemaking that is still very evident in all the wines he produces today. This special red is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% each of Merlot and Syrah. Only the smallest, ripest bunches are specially selected for pressing, and after fermentation the wine spends eighteen months in French and American oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby-red in color, Santa Rosa Reserva offers layered aromas of wild blackberries, graphite, smoke and forest floor. On the palate, these notes are intertwined with hints of sweet spice and violets, and structurally it manages to show both a powerful and elegant sides as it unfolds into a long silky finish.

Food Pairing

Serve this wine with juicy steaks, slow-smoked ribs, or with veal Parmaggiano.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Hondo vineyard
Vineyard size
35 acres
Soil composition
Sand and limestone
Training method
Espalier
Elevation
1,650 feet
Vines/acre
1,200
Yield/acre
1 tons
Exposure
Northern/Southern
Year vineyard planted
1985
Harvest time
September-October
First vintage of this wine
1995
Bottles produced of this wine
25,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 15% Merlot
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks and barriques
Age of Aging Container
1-2 years old
Length of alcoholic fermentation
5-7 days
Fermentation temperature
75-82 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers and delestage
Maceration length
13
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
24 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French oak: Allier
Length of aging before bottling
18 months

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