Prestigio is a big, highly expressive tempranillo that features all flavour layers deriving from the fruit, traditional winemaking and maturing in new oak barrels for over one year. Uncork the bottle, splash into your glass, let it breath and start enjoying it while it opens up to its full potential. Cigales is next door to better known Ribera del Duero and red wines are somewhat similar. This kind of tempranillo reds together with clarete are the most representative of Cigales and the best manifestation of its soil and climate.
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Winery: Bodega Valdelosfrailes
Winemaking: Prestigio is made with the grapes of an 8Ha, South facing vineyard called Pago de Viñas Viejas, situated at an altitude of 800m. Its soil consists of clay, sand and limestone. Vine density is 2,400 vines per Ha and the vineyard’s average yield is 4,000Kg/Ha. Harvest takes place in October. Prestigio is produced following a traditional red wine making process. Fermentation occurs over a 10-14-day period in stainless steel tanks at 25°C. Subsequent ageing takes place for 14 months in oak barrels followed by a further 18 months in bottle.
90 Points Wine Spectator October 2015
93 Points Guía Peñín 2015
|Spain geographical indications||DO Cigales|
|Production area||Cubillas de Santa Marta, Valladorlid|
|Grape varieties||Tempranillo (aka Tinta del Pais locally)|
|Ageing in bottle||18 months minimum|
|Alcohol % by Vol.||15.0 %|
|Wine colour||Ruby red|
|Wine descriptors||Complex, Full, Elegant, Rich, Supple, layered, Velvety, Big|
|Food & wine pairing||lamb, sausage and charcuterie, game, beef, Spanish ham|
|Tasting notes||blackberry, nuts, smoke, toast, black pepper|