Vino de la Tierra from Castilla y León
Melior3 has an aroma characteristic of DO Cigales red fruits, but it also whisks us off to the Ribera del Duero with its black fruit and Chinese ink aromas, while at the same time taking us to the Toro DO due to its balsamic hints in harmony with spicy notes from the barrel. This is the meaning of coupage. The maker of this Vino de la Tierra from Castilla y León blends Tempranillo varieties from three of the best areas in Spain for its cultivation, namely Ribera del Duero, Cigales and Toro.
The Ribera del Duero tempranillo comes from Emina vineyards, cultivated in the extreme west of the designation, in Valbuena de Duero, the municipality where the leading Ribera de Duero wines are conceived. The Cigales tempranillo is nourished with Bodega Valdelosfrailes vineyards located in the north-east of the designation, in Cubillas de Santa Marta. Finally, a single-varietal Toro red wine was produced in Toro (name that is here changed for tempranillo) with Bodega Cyan vineyards located in Valdefinjas, to the west of the DO. After the winemaking and ageing of each wine in its corresponding winery (Emina, Valdelosfrailes and Cyan, respectively), they were transferred to Matarromera's facilities where the final coupage is carried out.
This is how Melior3 was born, a red wine of which only two vintages have ever been produced, in 2013 and 2016. This original wine displays a brilliant combination of Tempranillo varieties: the freshest side with lively Tempranillo tannins from Ribera del Duero and Cigales blended with the fruity nuances and riper tannins provided by Toro red wine. Perfect for accompanying dishes such as a beef cheek ragout in red wine or a roast shoulder of lamb.