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EL VIVERO DE USALDÓN COLECCIÓN ORIGEN 2018 Finca Casa Balaguer, DO Alicante
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer BODEGA VINESSEN
In France judging the 2020 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon. Here is Tony Aspler’s review. Dense purple colour; lightly peppery, plum bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, floral, red fruit flavours; well-balanced. This cheerful blend of Garnacha Peluda, Rojal and Forcallá del Arco has 14% alcohol and 4 g/L residual sugar with lot number 88513J on the back label. Also tasted by one of my colleagues who scored it 87-points: Aged in clay amphora, full bodied, soft, almost sweet-edged with strawberry jam fruit and vanilla overtones. Some mild pepper as well. Has not appeared in Vintages before. CSPC 13624
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Tra Cor
Country Spain
Region
Rating **/**+(88 points)
Ripe, Soft, Ready
LCBO Text Status A Vintage Assessments Explorer's Selection!
TASTING NOTE: The new 2018 Colección Origen El Vivero de Usaldón is an homage to the old Usaldón vineyard that Bernabé used to work that was ripped out and replaced by almonds. It contained Rojal, Garnacha Peluda and Forcallá del Arco that were used to plant one hectare of mixed varieties, which were used for this wine. It's a five-year old vineyard in Finca Casa Balaguer, and they used 30% full clusters and the rest uncrushed grapes to ferment in tinajas with natural yeasts, pressed after it finished fermenting and put back in the tinajas for four months. It's clean, precise and quite fruit driven but not banal, with an earthy touch. The palate is medium-bodied and revealed fine tannins and good freshness. It's 13% alcohol and feels just perfect and very balanced. The price for these new wines has not yet been set. Drink date: 2019-2022. Score - 92 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, April 30, 2019) Price $ 15.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - March 21, 2020
Cases bought 769 (12 bottles per case)

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