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Quinta Sardonia 'Q' Red Blend 2015

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SKU: 973200015

Owned by the Fonseca family of Galicia, Spain, Quinta Sardonia was founded in 1998 by famed winemaker Peter Sisseck. Peter designed and supervised the creation of Quinta Sardonia, planting select red Bordeaux varietals just outside of the DO Ribera del Duero, ensuring he and winery’s future winemaker would not be bound by the rigid guidelines governing the neighboring appellation. Today, head winemaker Christian Rey, who studied under Peter, continues the estate’s dedication to organic and biodynamic winemaking, ensuring the upmost quality and attention to detail is performed during production. The wines produced at Quinta Sardonia are classified as a Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon, or ‘Wine from the Land of Castilla y León’ and each bottling is considered to be a ‘multi-terroir, multi-varietal’ masterpiece, highly rated and in a class of their own.

Wine Specs
Red Blend
Calatayud, Spain
Aged 20 months in new and first year French oak barrels of various size
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Complex aromas of black fruit, licorice, black pepper and chocolate abound in the nose and on the palate. A wine that is ready to drink upon release or age for up to 15 years in bottle, the 2015 Quinta Sardonia contains a long finish with plump tannins and an ‘ethereal’ texture.
Vineyard Notes
Located within the “Golden Mile” of the Duero River that stretches across northern Spain, Quinta Sardonia’s estate-grown vineyards lie at an impressive elevation of 1,600 ft., providing perfect conditions for an ideal phenolic maturation. Vines for the estate-grown flagship brand, Quinta Sardonia, are farmed biodynamically, less than a mile from the Duero River, and are comprised of a unique blend of French and Spanish clonal selections that lie in eleven different soil types. Ranging from Calcium-to-Gypsum-rich terroir, Quinta Sardonia’s heterogeneous soil and unique varietal composition are said to provide ‘grand character’ to this wine.
Vineyard Notes
During harvest, hand-picked clusters are selected both in the field and at the winery grape-by-grape. Fifteen percent of the fruit was left whole-cluster and rest was gently destemmed before alcoholic fermentation took place with wild yeast strains in small stainless-steel tanks. Varieties are often co-fermented if grown in the same soil type and both temperature and time were carefully managed during maceration in order to achieve a gentle and precise extraction via an ‘infusion’ with the skins. Malolactic fermentation occured spontaneously in 100% French oak barrels and the individual lots were then aged in 60 or 158-gallon French oak barrels, 1,200L foudres for 20 months. After this time, the individual lots were blended together and the finished wine was lightly filtered, bottled and cellared for 12 months before release.
Winemaker Notes
The 2015 vintage along the Duero River Valley began with light rainfall during the winter months and a mild spring produced homogenous flowering in early-ripening varietals, such as Tempranillo, Merlot and Syrah. Heavy rain in the month of June produced uneven flowering in varieties that typically ripen later, including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. A dry and hot summer gave way to a mild September, with cool temperatures during the evening and light rainfall, which helped replenish the vines’ hydric reserves. Harvest began on the 21st of September and ended with the last clusters of Petit Verdot entering the winery on the 7th of October. The depth and beauty of the 2015 Quinta Sardonia is described by winemaker Christian Rey as being ‘derived from our estate’s calcareous soils, which endow our wines with personality, character and a lovely fluidity on the palate.’
Other Notes
Varietal Composition: 60% Tempranillo (Tinto Fino), 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 2% Malbec
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