OVIDIO GARCÍA RESERVA
APPELLATION: Cigales DO.
VINIFICATION: Tempranillo grapes from 80-100 years old vines, Hand Harvested; Natural fermentation in stainless steel vats with temperature control 28C/82F, aged 24 months in new French Oak barrels.
TASTING NOTES: High expression wine, deep dark cherry color with a lot of glint showing a perferct balance. Complex, full bodied with very intense flavors of minerals and ripe fruit with a layer of cacao and liquorice. Lovely rich and refined texture with a long finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Steak, barbecued pork ribs, beef with mushroom sauce, filet mignon with peppercorn sauce, beef burger with cheddar and bacon.
92 Points by Wine Advocate (Robert Parker); Vintage 2007.
PRODUCER: For centuries, the Ovidio García family has been known for having enviable healthy and quality vineyards. The philosophy of the winery has been to work hard on their old vines which have belonged to the family, from generation to generation.
The winery was founded in 1999, managed nowadays by the three Garcia brothers: Enrique, Alberto and Javier, and of course their father: Mr. Ovidio Garcia.
Alberto García is the actual winemaker. He has been working at the winery for over 25 years, since he was 15 years old, throughout his life. His father is an authentic wine grower and taught him the trade to make the best use of the vineyards and the winery.
The cellar has an underground floor more than 3 centuries old with a new floor on top of that used for elaboration.
The lowest level has several galleries which were made by hand. They are perfect for storing the old wines because they have just the right humidity and temperature.
There is also an old roman press, which was used to press the grapes with a very long thick beam that is about 15 meters long. Now it ispreserved in the winery as a museum piece.
The family owns 18Ha of 60-100 year old vines, which is one of the oldest vineyards you can find in Cigales area. Also, the yield per hectare of Ovidio García is only 5.000 kg/ha, being the legal maximum limits in D.O. Cigales 7.000kg/ha. Their grapes have an incredible intense color and flavor due to the selection made during the pruning. They don´t use any pesticides in their vineyards.