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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?A pure, precise Rioja wine made from grapes grown in some of the highest elevation vineyards in Rioja, on north-facing slopes south of the Ebro. Old vines of Garnacha planted since 1930. Vines are tended in mineral soils of silica, which are rare in Rioja.
RATING HISTORY:2015 94WE, 92JS, 92VM; 2014 91VM, 93View from the Cellar, 92JS; 2013 95JS
GRAPE:75% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo, 5% Viura from vines planted in 1930.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:This wine matches beautifully with salmon or other fatty fish, roasted chicken, duck and other game birds, casseroles or, of course, stews like beef bourguignon.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Harvest generally takes place during the first week of November. These vineyards are nearly always the last to be harvested in Rioja. After 48 hours of cold maceration and 28 days of whole cluster fermentation, the wine is aged for 18-19 months in French oak barrels, out of which the first 6 months the wine is on its own lees.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Sustainably grown very-old vines planted from 1930. Tended in red silica soil at 700 m (2, 296 ft) elevation, which is 400 ft higher than many vineyards of Rioja Alta. Average temperature during the April to October growing season is 16.3 C (61.5 F). Annual rainfall is 465 mm (18.3 in).
TASTING NOTES:An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, peppery spices and fresh flowers, with a touch of pipe tobacco in the background. Gently sweet and floral on the palate, offering intense blueberry and black raspberry flavors that tighten up on the back half. Energetic, precise wine with strong closing lift and spicy persistence; subtle tannins build slowly and add shape.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1.3 lbs (.58 kg)
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