Nearly opaque, with intense aromas of dark red fruit, tobacco, flowers and licorice along with graphite and black fruit. Tightly wound tannins are accompanied by notes of espresso and spice box.
Founded in 2000 by Spanish entrepreneur Jose Manual Ortega Gil-Fournier, Bodegas y Vinedos O. Fournier is comprised of estate vineyards in Argentina’s Uco Valley, Chile’s Maule and San Antonio Valleys and Spain’s Ribera del Duero region. They produce a range of high quality wines from superior vineyard sites using a blend of traditional and modern technology. Chief Winemaker Jose Spisso oversees the winemaking for all three estates. O. Fournier produces four different levels of wine differentiated by their origins, aging regimens, styles and price points. The Urban range presents fresh, modern, fruit-driven wines aged in oak barrels for three months. The B Crux (Argentina), Centauri (Chile) and Spiga (Spain) wines are aged 12 months in new and first use barrels and 6-12 months in bottle. The Alfa Crux (Argentina), Alfa Centauri (Chile) and Alfa Spiga (Spain) wines are aged for approximately 18 months in new barrels and 12 months in bottle. The top tier wines, labeled simply as O. Fournier, are a special selection produced only in exceptional vintages and in very small quantities. O. Fournier owns the El Pinar estate, a 271 acre property, located in the town of Berlangas de Roa, within the Burgos province. First planted in 1946, the vineyard sits on stony, sandy and clay soils of alluvial origin at an elevation of 2,300-2,600 feet. Currently 160 acres are planted to Tinta del Pais (158 acres) and Merlot (2 acres) from vines that are on average 25-65 years old. Winemaker Laura Terrazas is assisted by Jose Spisso, Head Winemaker for O. Fournier.
|The fruit was cold soaked for seven days and gently crushed into stainless steel and cement vats for fermentation. After 30-40 days of post-fermentation maceration, the wine was aged in new French oak for 20 months.