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.
90% Tempranillo and 10% other varietals. This wine is fermented under constant temperature control at 28º C and the must pumped over on a daily basis for 16 days. Devatted using gravity, it then undergoes natural malolactic fermentation after three weeks.
The wine is aged for 24 months in American and French oak barrels, two to three years old and with a medium toast. The wine is racked every seven months. After the final racking, the wine is clarified with a minimum amount of vegetable protein, decanted and bottled directly without any type of filtration.
Colour: A highly intense and deep core of dark cherry with a pinkish edge. Bright and clean.
Nose: Complex, with good intensity. Over a background of ripe fruit, it shows notes of cocoa, wild fruit (dark cherries), and a touch of mint. As it stays in the glass, mineral and balsamic notes begin to arise. The wood is well integrated.
Palate: Full of flavour on the attack with a base of wild ripe berries as the principal sensation, similar to a mix of jam, candy and marinated plums. Pleasant tannins and a silky smooth finish
Food matches: Pairs well with poultry, casseroles, red meats, lamb roasts and cured cheeses.