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La Antigua Clásico Blanco

La Antigua Clásico Blanco

La Antigua is a unique wine coming from one of the most special and unknown territories of the Rioja region. Geographically speaking, Rioja is a valley that goes from East to West. Located to the north the mountains of Sierra Cantabria and to the South the unknown mountains of Sierra de La Demanda, where La Antigua vineyards are sited. The northern facing vineyards of Sierra de la Demanda expirience cooler temperatures resulting in grapes that are able to ripen more slowly hence showcasing flavors of greater balance and focus. In addition to the cooler conditions of this area, La Antigua is a place where the parcels are extremely small and steep. This terrain is almost impossible to mechanize, all the important vineyard work needs to be done by hand. The majority of the people who own these vineyards are local farmers who do not make wine, they only grow grapes, which in exchange they sell at top prices to the big bodegas mostly located in the north of the valley near the train tracks. In the case of La Antigua, both vineyards and winemaking are handled by the same people. This farm-winemaking unity is always a key factor to fashioning superior wines. Lastly and most importantly in Sierra de La Demanda we find among the oldest garnacha vines of Rioja. La Antigua Clasico Blanco is a wine of place. It is 100% from Sierra de la Demanda, a place of longevity, precision and minerality.

What makes this wine unique?

Sierra de la Demanda is a unique location with north facing vineyards located in Rioja Alta. Estate bottled. A wine of place. old vines, vineyards were planted in 1965

Rating history:

2013 92JS

Grape:

70% Viura, 20% Garnacha Blanca, 10% Tempranillo Blanco. Vines planted in 1965. Tended in red silica soil at 700 m (2,296 ft) elevation

Vinification and ageing:

14 months in 80% French and 20% American oak barrels.

Production:

530 cases

Location, Soil, Climate:

Sustainably grown vines planted in 1965. Tended in red silica soil at 700 m (2,296 ft) elevation

Tasting notes:

Spicy and sharply focused on the nose, displaying intense orchard and pit fruit aromas that are sharpened by a smoky mineral element. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering sappy nectarine and pear flavors and a suggestion of orange pith. Finishes dry, chewy, stony and very long, with building spiciness and a touch of fennel.

Alcohol Content:

12.0%

UPC Code:

8437013189958

Alberto Orte




All photos: Friederike Paetzold