Grapes sourced from old vineyards, average age of 50 years and of calacareous clay soils of poor fertility and yields of no more than 4.500 kg per hectare. Situated at altitudes of between 500 and 750 meters and around the villages of Villabuena, Samaniego and Leza which are all in Rioja Alavesa.
Upon entering the bodega, the bunches are selected before being destemmed so the individual berries can be sorted based on their weight. Only the most perfect grapes are allowed to pass to wooden vats of French oak for fermentation. The resulting wine is then racked to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation , during which the lees are pumped over periodically to obtain a well-rounded, glutinous wine with excellent oak integration.
The resulting wine is then aged for 18 months in new casks selected from several top quality French cask makers.
Colour: Deep purple, almost black with intense violet edges.
Nose: Ample, sweet fruity and spicy in the nose, in which laurel, mineral and blackberry jam aromas can be perceived.
Palate: It is structured and ample, highlighting the characteristics of this variety, with touches of fallen leaves, infusions and cloves with a mentholated finish.
Food matches: Rich, full-flavoured dishes such as ragout, roasted meats especially game, steak tartar, cured cheeses