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The region of Navarra, just northeast of Rioja, represents the forefront of contemporary winemaking in Spain. Winemakers here are free to explore new varietals and styles unbeholden to the traditions that hold sway in many other areas.
That can be seen in this wine's unique blend of 35% merlot, 35% cabernet, 20% tempranillo with syrah making up the remainder of the wine. Made in a contemporary style, this wine was aged in 70% new oak for a period of 14 months and offers up ripe and generous flavors on the palate, perfect for drinking now and over the next five years.
Baron de Magana is an estate-bottled wine made by Bodegas Vina Magana in the Navarra DO. It has been prepared with a selection of fruits from the oldest plots of the estate’s vineyards and aged with long barreling. With a focus on the Merlot grape, Baron is the most serious of the winery's lower-end bottlings. Baron shows power and bright flavors with no green characters and a structure that is integrated and harmonious.
Bodegas Vina Magana is a 247-acre estate in the Navarra DO, just northeast of Rioja. It was founded in 1970 by Juan Magana, whose dream and vision of creating a new, different and surprising wine using Bordeaux varietals was not permitted by the Spanish government. He found a nursery that sold vines to famous chateaus in St. Emilion and Pomerol, most notably to Chateau Petrus. He bought Merlot cuttings and smuggled them over the Pyrenees Mountains. The first vineyard of Merlot thus planted,, his first vintage was made seven years later in 1976.
The Magana family owns 250 acres of vineyard land on the limestone plateau located in the town of Barillas. Over the years, Juan’s bodega has become a reference point for quality in the region and, over 35 years, has established itself as an institution in Navarra. Today, Juan shares winemaking responsibilities with his son Diego.