Tempranillo (91%) comes from three vineyards in Rioja Alta:
1. Located in San Asensio, planted in 1921, in goblet training. Altitude: 535 m. Calcareous clay soil with gravel. South-west orientation. Atlantic climate with Mediterranean influence.
2. Located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, planted in 1965, in goblet training. Altitude: 480 m. Calcareous clay soil with gravel. Northern exposure make a purely Atlantic climate.
3. Located in Haro, planted in 1990. Altitude: 590 m. Calcareous clay soil with many gravel. South-east orientation. Atlantic climate.
Graciano (9%) from a vineyard located in Rioja Baja, planted in 1996. Soil: stony limestone with very poor gravel substrate. Altitude: 345 m. Orientation: west-east. Microclimate: Mediterranean.
Whole berry cold maceration at controlled temperature during 3 days.
Fermentation is carried out into “smart tanks” at a controlled temperature.
Malolactic fermentation took place in oak casks.
Aged for 24 months in French and Hungarian oak and periodically agitated every 4 months.
Stabilization took place in the barrels.
Bottled without filtration techniques to respect the natural qualities of the wine.
The aging was completed keeping more than 15 month the wine into the bottle.
It shows bright and clean; deep red cherry color and garnet on the border.
Intense and elegant stream of aromas first showing fruits such as dried prunes, cherries and liquorice. Then spicy notes like black pepper, cloves and nutmeg arise followed by reminiscences of tobacco leaves, all over a fragrant background of tofe and smoky hints.
On the palate it is gentle, velvety, and voluminous. Meaty, rounded full bodied and unctuous. Rounded feeling in the mouth. Ripe with a long and lingering finish. Very polished tannins with highly spicy aftertaste.
Óscar Tobía Reserva