La Orquesta Soto Y Manrique 2014 750ml
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La Orquesta Soto Y Manrique 2014

La Orquesta - Castilla Y Leon - Spain

Professional Wine Reviews for La Orquesta Soto Y Manrique 2014

Rated 92 by Robert Parker
There is a new wine in 2014 -- a barrel-aged Verdejo from very old vines planted at 850 meters altitude on very sandy soils surrounded by pine trees, that goes by the name 2014 La Orquesta. Half of the wine fermented in used oak barrels with bâttonage where it was matured for ten months, while the other half was fermented in stainless steel and then kept in clay amphorae, for which they have developed a remontage system without contact with the air. I tasted a final blend before bottling, so it was not yet clarified. The nose has a combination of yellow fruit, flowers, hints of nuts, balsamic herbs, fennel and some hints of smoke; it is somehow austere with incipient elegance. They look for more length in the palate and a wine that can age longer in the bottle. The palate is very balanced, because as it has the same high acidity, it has more body and volume, and comes through as softer wine even though it has a somehow tannic structure -- possibly a textural sensation provided by the lees. This will be sold without the Rueda appellation, as a Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León. 20,000 bottles produced.

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Winery: La Orquesta

Region: Castilla Y Leon

The ancient, arid and beautiful region of Castilla y Leon is the largest in Spain, and amongst the largest single 'regions' in any country of Europe. It has been famed throughout the centuries for its architecture, its people, its art and literature, and not least for its characterful and flavorful wines, which capture the beating heart and passion of Spain and Spanish culture. Castilla y Leon is essentially a vast plateau, and is extremely dry, with a poor soil structure which one might think would make viticulture difficult, if not impossible. However, Castilla y Leon has plenty of native grape varietals which are able to stretch their roots deep underground, to tap into the moisture and minerals which can be found there.

Country: Spain

From the deep and intense Rioja wines, or the dry and refreshing Ruedas, from Tempranillos to Verdejos, the range and quality of Spanish wines is always going to impress and fascinate. With several thousand years of traditions and expertise leading the way, Spanish wineries are currently producing some of the most flavorful and interesting wines to come out of Europe, striving to overcome the reputation problems the country suffered in the mid to late twentieth century. Despite being one of the largest producers of wine in the world, with billions of bottles being filled each year, Spanish wine producers are more interested in quality over quantity than ever before. The results of this are some truly world class wines rivaling even the finest produce of France in regards to balance, character and flavor, gaining new fans and enthusiasts every day.