Vintage 2016 Until August, 2016 was a cold year, marked by a strong delay in the vineyard. During that period, the rainfall was 401 mm, mainly concentrated from January to April. From August on, temperatures rose considerably, being September especially warm. Throughout August, September and October rainfall was only 33mm, perfect to allow a smooth maturation. It was a very uneven vintage among old vineyards, with low fertility, and young vineyards that had a perfect and large fruit setting, which made green harvest necessary to control yields.
Region D.O.Ca Rioja, Rioja Alta. Terroir Impressive terroir with a layer of large white pebbles to a depth of about 40 cm, covering a loose, sandy sub-soil. An ideal soil to grow vines, as it has excellent drainage, plenty of light and the roots are well placed to receive all the nutrients they require. The wines produced from this type of soil are ne and elegant. Vineyard 50-65 years old bush vines. With the same type of soil, gravel and pebbles on surface. At 570 meters altitude. Only old vines are used to elaborate this wine. Yields of 4.950 kg/ha (32,17 hl/ha). Hand-harvested into 180 kg crates.
70% Tempranillo, 28% Garnacha and 2% Viura
Winemaking & Ageing
Grape selection at the sorting table. 100% destemmed and 40% crushed. Grapes ferment in concrete tanks. Tempranillo, Garnacha and Viura are harvested at once and vatted in the same tank, followed by a 5 days cold maceration. The wine fermented with indigenous yeasts and daily smooth pump-overs. After 20 days of post-fermentative maceration, it is devatted directly to barrel for MLF. Ageing 18 months in barrels, 60% new French oak and 40% second-year American oak barrels.
Alcohol 14,5% vol., PH 3,52, Total acidity 5,5 g/l, Volatile acidity 0, 53 g/l
2016 94 ROBERT PARKER, 2019
2016 93 GUÍA PEÑIN, 2020
2016 93 JAMES SUCKLING, 2019
2016 97 GUÍA PROENSA, 2020
2016 93 TIM ATKIN, 2020
Finca La Emperatriz Gran Vino Red