Santa Rosa Reserva 2012

Bodegas Enrique Mendoza

Santa Rosa Reserva commemorates founder Enrique Mendoza Cortes’ mother, Rosa Cortes Devesa. She instilled in him a passion for grape growing and winemaking that is still very evident in all the wines he produces today. This special red is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% each of Merlot and Syrah. Only the smallest, ripest bunches are specially selected for pressing, and after fermentation the wine spends eighteen months in French and American oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby-red in color, Santa Rosa Reserva offers layered aromas of wild blackberries, graphite, smoke and forest floor. On the palate, these notes are intertwined with hints of sweet spice and violets, and structurally it manages to show both a powerful and elegant sides as it unfolds into a long silky finish.

Food Pairing

Serve this wine with juicy steaks, slow-smoked ribs, or with veal Parmaggiano.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
The Hondo vineyard
Vineyard size:
35 acres
Soil composition:
Sand and limestone
Training method:
Espalier
Elevation:
1,650 feet
Vines/acre:
1,200
Yield/acre:
1.0 tons
Exposure:
Northern/Southern
Year vineyard planted:
1985
Harvest time:
September-October
First vintage of this wine:
1995
Bottles produced of this wine:
25,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 15% Merlot
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks and barriques
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
5-7 days
Fermentation temperature:
75-82 °F
Maceration technique:
Pumpovers and delestage
Length of maceration:
13 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
1-2 years old
Type of oak:
French oak: Allier
Length of aging before bottling:
18 months
Length of bottle aging:
24 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.5 %
pH level:
3.4
Residual sugar:
< 0,65 g/l g/L
Acidity:
6.5 g/L
Dry extract:
34.0 g/L

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