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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?A classic style Rioja produced from high elevation vineyards located in the Sierra de la Demanda area of the Rioja appellation. Old vines of Garnacha planted since 1940. Vines are tended in mineral soils of red silica, which are very unique and rare in Rioja.
RATING HISTORY:2012 94WE, 92JS; 2010 91JS, 91VM, 92+VFTC; 2008 94JS
GRAPE:60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano. Vines planted from 1940 to 1955. Tended in red silica sandy soil at 700 m (2,296 ft) elevation
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:This wine pairs well with braised meats, roasted mushrooms, stewed beef, duck and game.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:72 months in 60% French and 40% American oak barrels and 10 months in bottle.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Vines planted from 1940 to 1955. Tended in sandy, limestone soil and red silica at 700 m (2,296 ft) elevation. The average temperature during the April to October growing season is 22C (71.6F). Annual rainfall: 210 mm (8.3 in).
TASTING NOTES:Deep red. Lively smoke- and spice-accented cherry and red berry aromas are complemented by floral oil, game and pipe tobacco flourishes. Seamless and focused on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air. Shows very good energy and suave floral character on a long, fruit-driven finish that's given shape by well-integrated tannins. -- Josh Raynolds
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.87 lbs (.39 kg)
RECYCLABLE GLASS USED:82%
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