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

Once the grapes are separated according to quality, the ones destined for Gran Reserva are fermented for 14 days at 26º C and completed a maceration of 14 days in total, with the must pumped over on a daily basis to facilitate the extraction of colour. The malolactic fermentation is carried out in spontaneous form, after which the wine passes directly to the barrel for ageing.

THE AGEING

This Gran Reserva wine has been aged in 3-4 year old American and French oak barrels for 26 months. The wine is racked every eight months to remove impurities and clean the barrel. After ageing in the barrel, the wine is bottled and sealed with natural cork of premium quality in order to complete its bottle ageing. The bottles are stored for four years before their commercial release.

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Dense centre with a clean, dark cherry tone and medium intensity. The edge shifts to a maroon color. Abundant tears.
Nose: Powerful and complex. Very ripe wild fruit, honey, liquorice and chocolate with notes of vanilla and pepper spices. The wood is well integrated.
Palate: Strong and intense. Liquorice and dark cherry, it shows good acidity on the attack with a pleasant, velvety feel. Balanced and meaty with a long, pleasant aftertaste.
Food matches: Rice and pasta dishes, fish in sauce, meat stews, roasted lamb, chicken and cured meats.

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