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, main- ly 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.
Only old vines are used to elaborate this wine. 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. Yields of 6.600 kg/ha (42,90 hl/ha). Harvest Hand-harvested into 180 kg crates.
Winemaking & Ageing
Grape selection at the sorting table. 6 hours of skin maceration. Half of the wine fermented in concrete tank and the other half in a 225-liter barrels. 4 months of lees aging with very spaced battonage. Ageing 10 months in concrete tank and 10 months in French oak barrels, 1/3 new, 1/3 of second use and 1/3 of third use.
Alcohol 13 ,5% vol., PH 3,20, Total acidity 5,5 g/l, Volatile acidity 0,37 g/l
2016 93 TIM ATKING, 2020
2016 94 ROBERT PARKER, 2019
2016 93 JAMES SUCKLING, 2019
2016 93 GUÍA PEÑIN, 2019
2016 97 PROENSA, 2019
Finca La Emperatriz Gran Vino