Tempranillo (93%) 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 (7%) from a vineyard located in Rioja Baja, in the municipality of Aldeanueva de Ebro, planted in 2003, trellis, on a ferric clay soil with gravel substrate, nutrient poor and shallow. Altitude: 370 m. Orientation: north-east. Climate: Mediterranean with Atlantic influence.
Whole berry cold fermentation is carried out into “smart tanks” after destemming at acontrolled temperature.
Malolactic fermentation took place in oak casks. Aged for 24 months in Frenchand 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 months the wine into the bottle.
It shows bright and clean, intense red cherry color and the deep red on the border.
The aroma is flagrant, elegant and complex. Stream of aromas first showing fruits such as dried prunes, cherries and blueberries. Then it shows spicy aromas like black pepper, cloves and cinammon, followed by reminiscences of mint and fine hints of oak, cedar, sour chocolate and tobacco leaves.
On the palate it is gentle, velvety, smooth and full bodied, with very polished and ripe tannins. Very structured and fresh, round and powerful,. Fleshy and ripe with a long and lingering finish full of hints.
Alcohol: 14.50%; Total Acidity: 5.4 g/l (Ac. Tartaric); Sugar Reducing: 2.7 gr/l, Recommended Temperature: 16-18ºC.
Vivir el Vino, Spanish Wine Guide 2018: 93 points.
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