GRAPES: 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano.
Medium intensity, ruby red colour with cherry hints. The nose is very elegant highlighting oaky and spicy notes together with hints of ripe red fruits. On the palate the wine is full bodied and lively with great structure and fresh acidity. The tannins are fine, polished and well integrated. The wine has great character and personality, and is complex with a long finish.
VINEYARDS: Made with high quality grapes harvested by hand from our best plots in Rioja Alavesa.
VINTAGE: The 2013 vintage was unusual weather-wise in Rioja Alavesa, having much higher average rainfall than the preceding years and with a cold spring. This situation continued until June, causing flooding in some vineyards, and as a result, flowering and fruit set were very irregular. Harvest was then later and smaller than normal, lasting from the 7th to the 28th October. It was slow and gradual, requiring great care and selection in the vineyard to collect only those grapes which had ripened perfectly while excluding bunches affected by mildew and oïdium. The small production assured good quality at the end of the harvest. In general terms, wines of this vintage are special because of their increased acidity and freshness compared with previous vintages.
WINEMAKING: Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures and with frequent “delestages” in order to achieve careful extraction of tannins and colour. Malolactic fermentation took place in French and American oak barrels following which the wine was manually racked to allow the wine to stabilize and fall bright naturally. After ageing in barrel (70% French and 30% American) for approximately 2 years, the wine was bottled and held in our cellars for a minimum of 3 years, during which the wine achieved its characteristic silkiness and elegance.