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.
The Tempranillo grapes selected for this wine are harvested by hand from bush vines situated between 450 and 550 metres above sea level.
The grapes are destemmed and crushed before undergoing a cold maceration at 6º C for 36 hours. Afterwards, the must and skins are placed in stainless steel deposits and fermented at a constant 25º C. Following fermentation, the wine begins the malolactic fermentation naturally after a month.
The wine is aged for 18 months in American and French oak barrels, one to three years old and with a medium toast. The wine is racked every 6 months. After the final racking, the wine is lightly clarified and 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, one notices notes of cocoa, wild fruit (dark cherries), smoke and liquor. As it stays in the glass, mineral and balsamic notes begin to arise. The wood is well integrated and gives way to the unique characteristics of the wine after aeration, acquiring intensity but maintaining harmony with all of its aromas.
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. Light, velvety feel, with a liquorice finish.
Food matches: Pairs well with poultry, red meats and lamb.