Tasting: Finca El Quiñón – Sembro 2013

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What is it?

100% Tempranillo (local name Tinto Fino) from Ribera del Duero.

Sembro is made from hand-picked grapes grown in the Jaro Vineyard on the 65 hectare Finca El Quiñón estate in Pesquera de Duero, D.O. Ribera del Duero.

Located in the town of Pesquera de Duero, Valladolid, it is barely a mile from the right-hand bank of the river Duero, surrounded by a humble forest of holm oak trees over hundreds of years old, called “Jaro“, hence the name of the winery.

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Jaro vineyard

Around 46 hectares (ha) of the estate is dedicated to growing grapes with 41ha purely growing Tempranillo.

The vineyard is situated on a south-facing 800m hillside. The estate crosses over three terraces formed by the River Duero. It is difficult to harvest but the hard work aids the production of a wine full of personality.

Picture of Sembro 2013Who is behind it?
The Osbornes!

And we don’t mean any relations to the singer, Ozzy Osbourne. But rather the famous sherry producers who supplied Windsor Castle way back in 1845.

The Osborne empire was founded by Thomas Osborne Mann, a young British gentleman (from Devon), who was raised in Cádiz, Spain, in the 18th Century.

He owned sherry bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera and set-up an export business focusing on the sherry trade. Later, he consolidated the business at nearby El Puerto de Santa María, across the bay from Cádiz.

Today, the Osborne family manage a number of small wineries in Ribera del Duero, Toro, Rueda, Priorat, Cava-Penedés, Rioja, Rías Baixas, Bierzo, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla and Jerez, under the Compañía de Vinedos Iberian S.L. name.

They have also expanded into other businesses including Iberian pork products, with particular emphasis on the “5 J” brand of ham from free roaming, acorn-fed black pigs. To showcase the ham, Osborne founded the Meson Cinco Jotas (5 Js) upscale tapas bars in 1996, of which a dozen can now be found in major cities across Spain.

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Bodega Jaro

What does it taste like?

Intense nose of blackberry and black cherry with the oak and spicy notes providing a final touch of vanilla. Fruity and fresh on the palate with a lingering spice. Balanced acidity and well-structured tannins with a long finish.

What will it pair with?

Try Sembro 2013 with pure Iberian ham, beef, lamb, venison, tapas, lasagne, pizza and dishes with tomato-based sauces.

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Pure Iberian ham

Technical stuff:

Grape:
Tempranillo
Location:
South-facing 800m hillside on Vineyard Jaro, Finca El Quiñón estate in Pesquera de Duero, D.O. Ribera del Duero.
Alcohol:
13.5%
Vinification:
10 days at 25ºC. Maceration time: 7 days in lees.
Ageing:
6 months in new casks and 300 litre new French oak casks.

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Trade contact details:

Mark Ferguson, sales executive (North England)
Moreno Wines & Co. Ltd
Tel: 020 7289 9952    Mob: 07976 981 162
Email: mark@moreno-wines.co.uk
www.morenowines.co.uk

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