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A fruity, fuller bodied red from an organic grape grower in eastern Spain. A warm highlands region Utiel-Requena in the Valcencian Community has long been massively productive for grapes, but often used in underwhelming bulk wines. However, some producers have begun increasing their care in agriculture, adopting organics, and the quality in the cellar by taking away additives and lowering sulfites as well as blending in some French varieties for balance. A very versatile red for everyday enjoyment.
From the mouth of the importer (Vine Collective):
"In the Northeast corner of the District of Utiel-Requena lie the vineyards of the Sierra Norte Winery, a winery run currently by the third generation of winemakers. The 367-hectare Finca Fuente Seca estate lies in Utiel Requena, a high and rugged plateau nearly 1,000 meters above sea level (soils are from the Jurassic and Cretaceous period). Hot, dry summers, cold nights and poor limestone terrain make the area ideal for organic farming. Diurnal temperature fluctuations are up to 20 ° C, and a rainfall throughout the year of about 400 ml. With early rains in spring and late fall, and the special soil this makes these vineyards unique within their Valencian neighbors. They also suit the local Bobal grape, whose thick skin and high natural acidity gives robust, meaty wines. Blend of 20 year old Bobal vines (60%) and 28 year old Cabernet Sauvignon vines (40%) each trellised in Cordon Royat training system. Each variety was fermented separately: the Bobal was fermented through half-carbonic maceration; and the Cabernet Sauvignon with cold maceration before the fermentation, malo is done in stainless steel vats, the wine is then racked into used oak barrels for 3 months, it then goes back into neutral non-oak vats to continue aging there. There is a maximum amout of sulfites allowed for the organic certification of EU wines. Fuente Seca only uses a portion of that for their winemaking, about 70mg/l versus the 100mg/l allowed in the red wines. Organic. Vegan Friendly."