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.
100% Tempranillo. The grapes are destemmed and crushed before undergoing a cold maceration at 6º C for 36 hours. Afterwards, the must and skins are placed in stainless steel deposits and fermented at a constant 26ª C. Following fermentation, the wine is bled out and begins malolactic fermentation naturally after a month.
The wine is aged for three months in new French oak and stirred weekly. It is then racked to concrete tanks where the wine is decanted naturally before being filtered and bottled.
Colour: Bright and intense centre with a ruby edge. Very clean.
Nose: The high toast of the French oak imparts a toasted vanilla and chocolate aroma, with touches of coffee, but the entire bouquet is very well balanced, highlighting liquorice and red fruits on top of a bed of spices.
Palate: Flavours of red fruits, liquorice and dark chocolate with a warm and persistent finish.
Food matches: Recommended with semi-cured cheeses and most types of Spanish tapas.