CIGALES D.O. is one of the smallest in Spain, with a bit more than 2500 hectares located in the heart of the Castilian plateau, between 700 and 800 m asl, with a fantastic thermal contrast between day and night and low rainfalls. Approximately one third of all vines, and this is one of Cigales’s best kept treasures, are older than 50 years of age.
That, together with the extremely poor soils (alluvial soil, with chalk and limestone and covered, on hilltops, by a thick layer of pebbles) take yields down to an average of 26-28 hl.
Climatic features 2008 vintage: The 2008 vintage was rated as Very Good. It was marked by a very cold winter (-13ºC was the lowest registered) and a very rainy and cold spring. The rain lasted until the end of June, followed by good summer weather and severe contrasts between day and night temperatures.
GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Tempranillo (Tinto Fino or Tinta del País) from selected vineyards in the villages of Cigales, Corcos and Mucientes.
VINIFICATION: Grapes (harvested in 350 kg cases) are chilled upon reception for a pre-fermentative maceration, then fermented in stainless steel tanks at 28-29ºC with indigenous yeasts and frequent remontages, though relatively short maceration.
OAK AGEING: The wine has been aged for some 14 months (a substantial difference if compared with its predecessors) in American and French oak, followed by almost a year in bottle at the winery prior to release.
Colour: Deep lively cherry colour with purple and blue notes that betray its youth.
Nose: Ripe and spiced red berries with plums, roasted coffee, pencil lead, mint or liquorice.
Mouth: Powerful yet sweet attack. Velvety and harmonious in the mouth. Sweet tannins and fine acidity