Bodegas Calar

Tempranillo Abrego de Calar – 2016

Region: Spain - Castilla - La Mancha

Bodegas Calar

Finca Montanchuelos claims a viticultural tradition dating to the 13th century and the pivotal 1212 defeat of the Moors in nearby Navas de Tolosa at the hands of the Knights of Calatrava. Modern history at the estate began in the 20th century when Juan José Moreno, whose timber business frequently brought him to Finca Montanchuelos, began to dream of producing great and distinctive wines from its unique terroir. The project is being brought to fruition by Juan José’s daughter Sagrario and grandson Manuel Rivas Moreno. Winemaking is directed by José Carlos García Vega, known for his outstanding wines in Ribera del Duero. The 100% Tempranillo vineyard consists of gentle north facing slopes extending over 50 acres at elevations between 650 and 700 meters. It is located in the Calatrava volcanic zone, defined by an eroded Pleistocene-era caldera. Soils are abundant in volcanic elements such as basalt, and unique among Iberian Peninsula wine regions.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards at the southern extreme of La Mancha in the volcanic subregion of Calatrava, IGP Vino de la Tierra de Castilla.

  • Altitude: 650 – 700 meters
  • Soils: Volcanic and sandy loam from gentle slopes
  • Yield: 2 kg/vine
  • Sustainably farmed
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Aged 9 months in second and third passage French oak barrels
Winemaker's Notes

Named for the Easterly wind that brings rain. Intense cherry color. Complex red fruit aromas complemented by wild berries, mineral notes of damp soil and stones. A subtle and elegant oak scent develops. Balanced, concentrated yet fresh on the palate, finishing with polished tannins and racy minerality.

Wine Summary

100% Tempranillo; alcohol: 15%; estate vineyards at the southern extreme of La Mancha in the volcanic subregion of Calatrava, IGP Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, at 650 – 700 meters; volcanic and loamy soils; very low yielding vines; named for the Eastern wind that brings rain; hand harvested; fermented in stainless steel tanks; aged 9 months in 2nd and 3rd passage French oak barrels.

Technical Information
  • 100% Tempranillo
  • Alcohol: 15%

General Info

PROPRIETORS The Moreno Family
WINEMAKER Marta Ramas and Miguel Fisac