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 destemmed grapes undergo a cold pre-fermentation maceration for 36 hours at 6º C to optimize the extraction of aromatic elements present in the skins. The must is then fermented at 26ºC and macerated for a total of 10 days. After being racked, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation spontaneously after one month.
After secondary fermentation and racking, the wine is placed in concrete tanks to help the decanting process, whereupon it is ready for filtering and bottling.
Colour: An intensely layered centre with mauve tones near the edge. Lively, clean and layered.
Nose: Clean aromas characteristic of young tempranillo; aromas of wild fruits (blackberries, raspberries and sloes). Floral notes and a slight nuttiness on the finish.
Palate: Shows a certain amount of character on the attack, although its acidity is offset by the warm, liqueur-like feel. On the finish, it is pleasant and a little treacly, and at the very end slightly satiny. The varietal character is noticeable once more on the palate, with hints liquorice and dairy products on the aftertaste.
Food matches: This wine goes well with all kinds of Spanish tapas and chorizo-based dishes.