Viña Pomal Gran Reserva is a serious and high quality wine that combines the best of La Rioja. It represents the great classic reserve of La Rioja, faithful to its origins for more than a century. It only occurs in exceptional vintages and with a limited quantity of bottles. PAIRING A perfect pairing with vegetable and rice dishes as well as pulse stews. It also goes well with meat or vegetable rice dishes, moderately strong cheeses, duck and oily fish. VIEW Garnet and cherry hues introduce this bright Great Reserve with light orange reflections on the rim. NOSE The unique vinification process of this Great Reserve provides a complex, elegant nose with notes of liquorice and redfruit, typical of the Tempranillo, along with hints of spices subtly added by the Graciano. During bottle ageing, all of this is assembled with toasty and balsamic aromas (vanilla, pepper, tobacco) contributed by the barrels. MOUTH As the wine is aired in the glass, it discloses its full range of nuances and complex aromas. In the mouth, it reflects our surroundings, with a mild entry and a sense of elegance and balance, ending in long persistence, denoting the craft of barrel ageing and the assemblage provided by a long stay in the bottle. VARIETALS TEMPRANILLO 90% GRACIANO 10% ELABORATION (VINIFICATION) Viña Pomal Gran Reserva is made following traditional vinification methods.The grapes are selected manually in our vineyards. At the winery, they are destemmed and crushed and then undergo moderately long maceration in tanks. After alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, the wines are racked and aged in 225 litres Bordeaux barrels, traditionally American oak. After ageing in barrels for one year, the wine is racked back to tanks. This is when the blend for the Great Reserve is determined, and 10% Graciano, a minority Rioja variety, is added to the Tempranillo. The wine is fined with egg whitesand put in barrels again for another year to complete its two years’ ageing in oak.After its stay in barrels, the wine spends a further year in oak vats, where the natural cleaning and assembly process concludes. Three years’ ageing in the bottle complete the vinification of these unique Rioja wines. VINEYARD (VITICULTURE) Our vineyards are located in the vicinity of the winery, in the municipality of Haro. 250 hectares make ours the largest property in the area, and our Reserve and Great Reserve are a true reflection of these soils. With an average vine age in excess of 25 years, we seek the utmost balance and a reflection of our terroir. We complement the Tempranillo with Graciano, which only matures in great vintages. Those are the vintages when we make our Great Reserve, as it is not made every year.The 2010 vintage was officially rated Excellent in the D.O.Ca. Rioja.