Finca Museum is based in Cigales, a small DO located in Castilla y León, east of Valladolid. Although the area was once known for its dry rosados, it is the Tinta del País, a thicker skinned Tempranillo, that excels today. The continental climate of Cigales (with temperatures reaching 40°C in the summer, even at 700 metres altitude) and the soils poor in organic matter combine to ensure low yields and great wines. The vines are on average 40 years old and one of the reasons they have survived is because the soils are too poor to grow other crops such as cereal. As the name suggests, the winery is also a museum, with sculpture and paintings dating back to the 17th century.
The Museum Reserva is made from dry-farmed bush vines that are over 70 years old, planted at an altitude of 800 metres. The yields are extremely low, between 1 to 2.5 tonnes per hectare, giving the wine outstanding concentration and intensity. Soils are very poor, with layers of gravel, sand, limestone and chalk over clay, which also leads to intensely flavoured grapes.
100% Tempranillo (Tinto del Pais).
The vineyards are hand-harvested into small crates to avoid the grapes being crushed before they reach the winery. Grapes are sorted manually in the winery and then de-stalked. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at 29ºC. It continues for 21 days with pumping over for maximum extraction of flavour and colour. Next, the wine spends 22 months in new French barrels giving it complexity, roundness and harmony. After bottling, the wine was left to age for a further 15 months in temperature- and humidity-controlled conditions before release.
Deep ruby red in colour, this wine opens with aromas of red berries, blackcurrants and cranberries. The red fruit continues onto the palate, and is accompanied by hints of savoury spice and liquorice. The finish is long, with hints of roasted hazelnut.