It is hot everywhere here in summer but the vineyards are cooled at night so that conditions are ideal for making the best Spansih wines. In recent decades much effort has gone into renewing the equipment of the bodegas and once completed the name of Cigales will become well known. The ground in Cigales consists mainly of chalk with a covering of fertile soil interspersed with stone which aids drainage.
Most Cigales wine is rosado (75%), which is considered the best rosé of Spain. These rosé wines must contain at least 50% Tempranillo (known locally as Tinto del Pais) in order to bear the DO on its label. The rest may be supplemented with blue grapes such as Garnacha or even white grapes like Verdejo, Albillo, or Viura. It is customary here to make rosé wine that is a mixture of blue and white grapes, which are vinified together. This gives the Spanish wine the power of the blue grapes and the freshness and bouquet of the white grapes. The fairly recently introduced Cigales Nuevo is a vino joven made with at least 60% Tinto del Pais and not less than 20% white grapes. The combination of freshness and fruit, coupled with reduced alcohol makes this Spanish wine ideal for newcomers to wine drinking. Drink temperature for this Spanish wine 50-51.8°F (10-11°C).
The true Cigales Rosado (without Nuevo on the label) are made with the same proportions of grapes but are more full-bodied, fleshy, and alcoholic. This Spanish wine has a fine and elegant bouquet in which the freshness and fruit dominate. This is a Spanish wine with true character that even succeeds in seducing those who proclaim to detest rosé wines. Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C ).
The best rosados are cask aged and sold as Crianza. This Spanish wine is mainly produced from red grapes with a minimum of 60 % Tinto del Pais and not less than 20% of either Garnacha or Viura. These rosados are aged in oak casks for at least six months. Drink this Spanish wine at 53.6°F (12°C).
Finally the Cigales Tinto, made with at least 85% Tinto del Pais, supplemented with Gamacha and/or Cabernet Sauvignon. This Spanish wine is making great advances.
The first Tinto Crianza and even Reserva wines have already arrived and are superb. This red Spanish wine has a remarkable combination of seductive fruitiness with very masculine power and body. You can drink this Spanish wine at 53.6°F (12°C) for the Tinto, 57.2°F (14°C) for the Crianza, and 60.8°F (16°C) for the Reserva.