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La Antigua Clásico Crianza

La Antigua Clásico Crianza

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 Crianza 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 1940-1955.

Rating history:

2011 91JS; 2010 91IWC

Grape:

70% Tempranillo, 20% Graciano, 10% Garnacha. Organically grown vines planted from 1940-1955. Tended in limestone and sandy soil at 568 m (1,865 ft) elevation

Vinification and ageing:

24 months in stainless steel tanks plus 24 months in 60% French and 40% American oak barrels.

Production:

3,000 cases

Location, Soil, Climate:

Sustainably grown vines planted from 1940-1955. Tended in sandy and limestone soil at 568 m (1,865ft) elevation

Tasting notes:

Sexy aromas of blackcurrant, cherry compote and smoky oak, with a subtle floral nuance emerging with aeration. Sweet and velvety on the palate, offering lively dark berry and coconut flavors and showing no rough edges. Closes smooth and very persistent, with repeating smokiness and a hint of mocha. These vines were reportedly planted between 1940 and 1955

Alcohol Content:

13.5%

UPC Code:

8437013189231

La Antigua Clasico