grapes are brethren to those supplied to Bordeaux's iconic Petrus vineyard... Bottom line: you must try this Magana Dignus Navarra Tinto, without delay. It's ready to roll today. We know we talk a lot about what you should pair with wines, but this time we say pour your glasses and just enjoy them solo. Let the bursting, ripe fruit unfold along with the other delicious facets of this righteous red. Its full body is made for meats, so what are you hungry for today? A nod to the wonderful cuisine of Spain is a Cantabrian meat stew with chick peas. Among other meats, it's cooked with smoked ham hocks, which will work wonderfully with the deep, brooding fruit and stand up nicely to the luxurious texture of the wine. Crisp roast goose with a warm, dark fruit compote is another fantastic option, especially if you like dark meat! A classic meal for a crowd which will highlight this smooth Spaniard is roast leg of lamb with a rich Ceps mushroom sauce. Make sure you've got another bottle ready to go after the main course is done. You'll want to refill your glasses and enjoy them with a ripe French Camembert cheese. What are you waiting for winelovers??! Isn't it about time you get your Tinto on??!
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Dignus is a blend of 50% Tempranillo , 25% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from vines planted in 1970 that was aged 12 months in 3-year-old French oak. It exhibits lovely blackcurrant and black cherry fruit intermixed with licorice, Provençal herbs, loamy soil and hints of spice box and background oak. Medium to full-bodied with fresh acids, it is a zesty, opulent, delicious, complex red wine to consume over the next 3-4 years (2014-2017).
Both of these superb efforts are from Navarra (a region also know for its delicious white asparagus). "~Robert Parker, Jr., Nov 2014
Winery: “Thirty years ago, owner Juan Magaña had a vision. After researching the best wines in the world, he decided to grow Bordeaux grapes in Navarra, with its specific Pomerol-like terroir. He bought Merlot cuttings from a nursery that sold to a famous châteaux in St. Emilion and Pomerol, and most notably the hallowed Château Pétrus. Juan’s bodega was a pioneer in Navarra and over the years has become a reference point for quality in the region. The 100-hectare (247 acre) estate is located just south of the Ebro River. The Latin word dignus means dignified. Of the five districts in Navarra, Ribera Baja is the district where Viña Magaña is located, and also very rich in limestone. This unique soil is one of the reasons why Viña Magaña wines are among the most sought after by collectors. The mineral identity and the naturally low pH of the limestone soil combine to give Dignus an ability to age for many years.
This hearty wine is best paired with rich dishes and dense flavors. Osso bucco, braised beef and pork shanks, spätzle with wild mushroom sauce, and bull and ox stews are all great matches for this wine. Both wine and food will help the other to reveal the depth of layered aromas and flavors each possesses.”
Cool Wine Fact: In case you missed it above, the Merlot grapes are from cuttings supplied to Bordeaux's famed Petrus vineyard. Really.
Varietal: 50% Merlot, 25%Tempranillo, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: minimum 12 months in 3-yr-old French oak barrels; further refining in bottle
Region: Navarra, Spain
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