THE HARVEST

Grapes sourced from old vineyards, average age of 40 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 400 and 700 meters and around the villages of Villabuena, Samaniego, Leza, Navaridas and Baños de Ebro which are all in Rioja Alavesa.

VINIFICATION

Upon entering the bodega, bunches are carefully selected before being destemmed so the individual berries can be sorted based on their weight. Grapes are premacerated at 8ºC for five days. Only the most perfect grapes are allowed to pass to wooden vats of French oak for fermentation, which lasts seven days. The resulting wine is then racked to new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, during which the lees are pumped over periodically. The wine is later clarified with egg white to obtain a well-rounded wine with excellent oak integration.

THE AGEING

A total of 18 months in new French oak from a selection of oak forests in central France.

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Cherry red tones with high robe.
Nose: Fine, elegant and complex in the nose with good concentration of black fruit, subtle touches of creamy oak as well as hints of roasted coffee and minerals.
Palate: It is full-bodied, fleshy and elegant, with plenty of complexity and power. This wine shows black fruit jam and liquorice, firm structure and a long, delicious and persistent finish.
Food matches: Red meats, stews, game, cured cheeses.

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