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.
70% Tempranillo and 30% Garnacha. The grapes are cold macerated for 72 hours on arrival at the winemaking cellar. It then undergoes fermentation at 28º C in sealed cement tanks under constant thermal control, with the must pumped over daily until completing its maceration in 16 days. Devatted by gravity, it then undergoes spontaneous malolactic fermentation after 45 days.
The wine is aged in barrels of medium toasted American oak from Pennsylvania and Missouri for 30 months and is racked every eight months. The barrel ageing not only adds tannins from the wood, but stabilises the wine naturally. After the final racking, it is clarified in tanks and decanted after 30 days and bottled directly without any type of filtration. Being as this wine’s evolutionary cycle is quite slow, only corks of the highest quality available ware used to ensure long bottle ageing pontential.
Colour: High layer and brilliant look; the colour is garnet in the centre and cherry around the edges.
Nose: Complex variety of aromas which combine to give us a sophisticated wine. The aromas which predominate initially are very ripe berry fruits, smoked victuals, raisins and liquor. After a certain amount of aeration, the cinnamon and jam notes surface and, with a little more time, the roasted and spiced aromas are noticed more clearly.
Palate: Full, with a good presence of the tannins, although these are offset by the glycerine-like character, resulting in a fleshy feel. Long lasting and lingering.
Food matches: Roasts, lamb dishes, game and cured ham.