THE HARVEST

Grapes sourced from vineyards around the village of Labastida (Rioja Alavesa) of an avergae age of 55 years old, at an altitude of between 500 and 560 hectares in the foothills of Sierra Cantabria. This village is considered the heartland of Rioja Alavesa, in turn a legendary sub-zone of the Rioja DOCa.

VINIFICATION

Grapes are destemmed as they enter the winemaking cellar to ensure an optimal fermentation and maceration, which lasts 17 days and is performed under strict thermal control so that the temperature never rises above 26ºC. The wine is devatted by gravity and undergoes natural malolactic fermentation.

THE AGEING

100% Tempranillo. Ageing takes place in barrels made from American and French oak, which are mildly toasted so as not to alter the original character and to prolong the ageing process. The wine is racked after six months, removed from the barrels at 12 and then clarified. It is decanted for 25 days and bottled directly without any type of filtration.

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Ruby tone at the centre with a dark deep colour and lively edge.
Nose: Cherry and blackberry jam. The wood, although noticeable, complements the openly fruity character of the wine, adding some cinnamon and toasted vanilla notes to the aroma's finish
Palate: Full with a potent impression, which supports the balance between good acidity and a velvety feel. On the finish, it shows a mix of diary and marinated fruit. It shows body, good complexity, strength and richness of nuances in the mouth as well as good persistency.
Food matches: Recommended with steaks and other red meats, casseroles, stews, lamb, Spanish chorizo sausages, hard and blue cheeses.

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