2017 was the Frost Vintage. In Finca La Emperatriz losses were close to 35%, considering many late sprouting bunches had to be removed not to affect quality. It was one of the warmest vintages that can be remembered (1,478 IW hours), with a very low rainfall of 381 mm. It was also the earliest vintage in the 19 years we have been working the estate’s vineyard. Although everyone will remember this year as catastrophic due to frost, we can say that, thanks to it there were very low yields that made vines (especially Tempranillo) “work” in optimal conditions, without defoliation due to excess heat and drought (which would have led to imperfect maturation). The few grapes that arrived at the winery did so with many more balanced parameters than those expected due to weather conditions.
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 Trellised vines with an average age of 25 years. With the same type of soil, gravel and pebbles on surface. At 570 meters altitude. Yields of 6,400 kg/ha (43,50 hl/ha). Hand-harvested.
90% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha, 2% Graciano, 2% Viura and 1% Maturana Tinta
Tempranillo and Viura were vatted at the same time in stainless steel tanks. As of this vintage, we also began to use indigenous yeasts in half of the deposits. MLF in steel and concrete tanks. The wine goes into barrels in March.
12 months in American (70%) and French (30%) oak barrels.
Alcohol 14,2% vol., PH 3,68, Total acidity 5,6 g/l, Volatile acidity 0,48 g/l
2017 91 ROBERT PARKER, 2019
2017 91 GUÍA PEÑIN, 2020
2017 93 JAMES SUCKLING, 2019
2017 93 GUÍA PROENSA, 2020
2017 90 TIM ATKIN, 2020
El Jardín De La Emperatriz Red