WS 88 points (2010)
85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha tinta, 5% Graciano
Vineyards & Yields
Selection of parcels from 15-25 year-old vineyards, located in Rioja Alta (85%) and Rioja Alavesa (15%). Low yeilds of 35HL/ha on average.
Mainly clay and limestones. Some parcels in Rioja Alta with ferrous subsoil.
Mild, Atlantic climate with marked seasons.
100% manual, parcel by parcel.
The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. Alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures starting off at 10°C to reach 28°C. Prolong skin-contact maceration up to 20 days. Malolactic fermentation is stainless-steel tanks. Once the process has finalised, the wines are put into barrels for ageing with racking every six months.
Total Time In Barrel
12 months in French (60%) and American (40%) oak barrels, split equally between , new barrels and 2, 3 & 4 year old (maximum) barrels
Ageing in Bottle
1 year minimum before release
Deep, ruby red colour. Fresh bouquet of strawberries, raspberries, wrapped in vanilla and sweet spice. Clean and lively in the mouth where ripe tannins blend with nicely balanced structure. Fleshy and full of flavour to delight the palate at all times! Serve at 16°C.