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 Vinea Crianza comes from a plot of bush trained vines of up to 50 years in age, located 700 - 750 metres above sea level. Soils are very poor, with layers of gravel, sand, limestone and chalk over clay and sand. The old vines produce low yields of very concentrated grapes. The vineyards are hand harvested with great care into small crates no higher than 90cm so as not to crush the grapes before they arrive at the winery.
2014 was a very good vintage despite some unusual weather patterns across much of Spain. Spring got off to a quick start, triggering early bud break. An uncharacteristically cool and wet summer posed challenges for preventing rot, but a warm, dry September followed, resulting in some excellent fruit.
The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 20 - 26°C with pump overs to extract colour and tannin. It is then aged for 15 months in 60% American and 40% French oak barrels, with 20% new American oak and the rest second and third fill. The wine is not filtered before bottling.
This wine is deep cherry in colour, leading to violet shades on the rim. Very intense, expressive and complex, a powerful fruit driven nose with very ripe red fruits. Complex layering of dark cherries, plums, cocoa, vanilla, coconut and mocha nuances, all highlighted by balsamic hints. An elegant and velvety wine. Good volume, creamy and very expressive. Well-structured ripe tannins support this rich wine through to a smooth lingering finish.
See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Museum.
Finca Museum Vinea Cigales Crianza 2015 - fiche technique