Quality is quite an issue and demands a strong effort. Those that work hard in the vineyard all through the year, carrying out green harvests and increasing the ventilation of the clusters, actually harvest healthy and perfectly mature grapes. Their high acidity provide wines with an outstanding structure and a long life.
Grapes are sourced from vineyards around the village of Labastida (Rioja Alavesa) and 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. Following a pre-fermentation maceration to ensure maximum extraction of colour and aromas, the must is fermented in stainless steel deposits for 12 days at 27º C.
The wine is aged in new American and French oak for four months to give it a pleasant touch of wood.
Colour: Lovely violet red colour.
Nose: Nicely floral with red/black berry fruit, hints of graphite and a touch of dried herbs/grass.
Palate: Flavours of fresh fruit, with a touch of dry grass/hay and well-defined tannins on the finish.
Food matches: Recommended with most types of Spanish tapas, pasta and meat dishes.