2011 Vina Magana Baron de Magana

Year: 2011
Appellation: Navarra
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE? All estate-owned fruit, limestone soil, Petrus clones of Merlot and Cabernet. Unique micro climate. Bordeaux-like wines with good acidity. The Merlot portion of Baron precisely expresses the mineral character of the soil of this special vineyard.

"The 2011 Baron De Magana is a blend of 35% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Tempranillo and Syrah aged in 70% new French oak for 14 months prior to bottling. The wine comes across as a Right Bank Pomerol from Bordeaux, with an opaque ruby/purple color, lush, sexy plum, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, a touch of licorice and forest floor. It's a layered, medium to full-bodied, pure, luscious and heady wine to drink over the next 5-7 years." (WA)

"(aged in 70% new French oak barrels for 14 months): Ruby-red. Expressive, smoke-tinged aromas of fresh cherry and dark berries, pipe tobacco and cedary oak, with a mineral accent building in the glass. Silky, sweet and focused on the palate, offering lively blackcurrant and spicecake flavors of considerable depth. Fine-grained tannins come up slowly on the clinging, spicy finish." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Baron de Magaña an estate-bottled wine made by Bodegas Vinaa Magana in the Navarra DO, just northeast of Rioja. Spanish wine aficionados who consider Navarra strictly a source for bulk wines would do well to reflect on what owner Juan Magana has accomplished. Thirty years ago, Juan had a vision. After researching the best wines in the world, he decided to grow Bordeaux grapes in Navarra. He bought Merlot cuttings from a nursery that sold to a famous chateaux in St. Emilion and Pomerol, and most notably the hallowed Chateau Petrus. Starting as a pioneer in Navarra, over the years Juan's bodega has become a reference point for quality in the region. The 100-hectare (247 acre) estate is located just south of the Ebro River. With a focus on the Merlot grape, Barón is the most serious of the winery's lower-end bottlings. At once, Baron shows power and bright flavors with no green characters, with a structure that is integrated and harmonious. The southern district of Navarra has limestone that imparts characters of minerality and acidity that are unique to this place. Of the varieties grown on the estate, Merlot is best able to capture the minerality of the soil

A sensational effort, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as abundant notes of blackberries, creme de cassis, camphor and flowers, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, tremendous lushness and purity, and a beautifully textured, round, generous finish. This sexy, supple wine should drink well for 3-5+ years.