This grape variety is said to be native to northern Spain and cultured in the south – La Mancha. Rioja and Ribera del Duero are two regions where Aragónez grows.
Aragónez has always been a part of the production of the full-bodied red wines and the other important quantities are grown in Penedes, Navarra and Valdepañas regions.
For a time, Aragónez was thought to be connected to the Pinot Noir grape. Since the 1980’s, this grape variety received new international attention because of an introduction of new money and new world winemaking techniques.
Characteristics of Aragónez
Aragónez bears medium to large tight bunches of small berries packed with tannins and anthocyans.
They are approximately fertile, early budding and ripening and harvests of grapes range from medium to high based from the site of plantation.
Vines of Aragónez are sensitive to wind as well as extreme dryness, but prone to powdery mildew and to eutypa dieback and generally resistant to botrytis bunch rot. Having high yields lessen color and fruit intensity and also acidity.
Characteristics of Aragónez Wines
Most of the wines made from Aragónez are ruby red in color with berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herb aromas and flavors.
Blending Aragónez with Carignan produces a brighter and more acidic wine. This grape variety is the primary ingredient of Rioja blends and establishes ninety to one hundred percent of Ribera del Duero wines.
Aragónez is a champion when it comes to food pairings because wines have different ranges of style carrying great levels of acidity, tannin as well as oak character.
This grape variety can be classically paired with lamb and also with other red meats like beef, roasted pork, sausages as well as suckling pig.
Asian and Indian foods are also great with Aragónez wines. Vegetable dishes especially grilled veggies are all exceptional matches.
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