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Ayuso, S.L.
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Rotwein 2003 D.O. La Mancha "Finca Los Azares" Cabernet + Merlot, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Type: Rotwein (Red wine)
Quantity: 0.75 L
Alcohol content: 13%
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Maturing: new Barrique
Registration number: #Ay-L5160

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Last reviewed: 19 February, 2007

Historic landscape in the centre of Spain, geographically known as Castilla-La Mancha (Castillo-La Mancha) and formerly as New Castile (Castilla la Nueva). At just under 80,000 square kilometers, the region is the third largest in Spain after Castile-León (Old Castile) to the north and southern Andalusia. La Mancha and the western region of Extremadura belong to the huge plateau landscape Meseta. La Mancha became famous mainly through the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) and his famous novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha". In the weiutflächigen plain with the numerous typical windmills there are extreme...

Viticulture in Spain has an ancient tradition, as vines were cultivated here at least 5,000 years ago. The Phoenicians founded the city of Gadir (Cádiz) around 1100 BC and traded heavily in wine in the Mediterranean region. The first flowering occurred in 200 BC, because the Romans loved the wine from Baetica (Andalusia). Development was halted by the Moorish invasion in 711. For religious reasons, the Muslims cleared large parts of the vineyards or only allowed the production of sultanas. They brought with them the art of distillation, which was not used for alcoholic beverages, however, but for essential oils, as...

The red grape variety originates from France. There are about 60 synonyms attesting to its age and worldwide distribution in almost all wine producing countries. Some grouped alphabetically by country are Franzosenrebe (Germany); Kaberne Sovinjon, Kaberne Sovinyon, Lafit, Lafite (Bulgaria, Moldova, Russia); Bidure, Bouchet, Bouchet Sauvignon, Breton, Cabernet Petit, Carbonet, Carbouet, Carmenet, Castet, Enfin, Epicier Noir, Marchoupet, Navarre, Petit Bouchet, Petit Bouschet, Petit Cabernet, Petit Cavernet Sauvignon, Petite Vidure, Sauvignon, Sauvignonne, Vidure, Vidure Sauvignonne, Vigne Dure...

This red grape variety comes from France. The name is probably derived from the French word for blackbird (merle), because these birds like to nibble the berries, which are very sweet when fully ripe. However, the name may also be an allusion to the black-blue colouring of the berries similar to the bird. There are over 60 synonyms, which testify to its worldwide distribution. The most important are Alicante Noir, Begney, Bigney, Bigney Rouge, Bini, Black Alicante, Blue Merlot, Bordò, Cabernet del Cleto, Crabutet, Crabutet Noir, Crabutet Noir Merlau, Hebigney, Higney, Médoc Noir, Merlau, Merlot Black, Merlot Blue, Merlot Crni, Merlot...

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