The vineyard located in Rioja Baja, in the municipality of Aldeanueva de Ebro, planted in 2003, trellis conduction, on a clayish-ferric soil with gravel substrate, low nutrient levels and shallow. Altitude: 370 m. Orientation: south-west. Climate: Mediterranean with Atlantic influence. Green harvest before veraison.
The alcoholic fermentation starts after 3-days skin maceration at controlled temperature. Whole berry cold fermentation is carried out after destemming at a controlled temperature during 8 days with autochtonos yeast.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in oak casks, followed by aging on the lees for 16 months in new and 2nd year Hungarian oak barrels.
Stabilization took place in the barrels, without any clarification.
Bottled without filtration techniques to respect the natural qualities of the wine.
Clean and brilliant aspect.. Cherry red color with deep purple tones.
Complex and elegant aroma. Intense and fragrant aromas of blackcurrants and sloes, nutmeg, casis and raisins, proyected over fine aromatic herbal notes (anise & eucaliptus) and a well integrated backdrop of spicy, toffee and leather hints. Mouth entry is kind, sweet and unctuous, showing off good acidity that makes it fresh and pleasant. Round, structured, meaty and well balanced, with ripe tannins. Long and lingering velvety finish, slightly bitter. A single varietal wine with enticing afternotes.
Alcohol: 14.14 %, Total Acidity: 5,28 g/l (Ac. Tartaric), Sugar Reducing: 3.20 gr./l., Recommended Temperature: 15-16ºC.
Tim Atkin MW (Rioja Report 2018): 91 points.
Tobía Reserva Graciano