Red ruby color with a distinctive brick orange rim. It has an aromatic explosion of fine oak (vanilla, coffee, and spices), very mature fruit such as raisins, as well as caramel and subtle bottle aging sensations (leather and dry leaves). These aromas become more intense and complex as the wine begins to breathe. On the palate the wine is full of velvet silkiness and finesse. A classic Rioja that is only produced in superior vintages.
2011 was an almost model year in all climactic parameters. The harvest was officially qualified by Rioja’s Regulatory Council as EXCELLENT. The vines have an approximate age of 40 years, and are grown using the traditional “goblet” system. 20 days of fermentation and maceration in stainless steel temperature-controlled vats with daily pump overs in order to achieve the optimum color and tannic extraction. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in stainless steel tanks and then the wine is racked twice before going into oak barrels. The wine is aged in 25% American & 75% French oak barrels for 24 months, then 36 months in the bottle, with four rackings.
Ideal for all types of grilled and roasted meats and game stews. It also pairs well with strong fish and all kinds of cured and smoked cheeses. Tasty with black chocolate desserts.
- Wine Composition: 100% Tempranillo
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Total Acidity: 5.33 G/L
- Residual Sugar: 1.4 G/L
- pH: 3.58
A savory, earthy red with plum, tobacco, shitake-mushroom and walnut character. Medium body with a firm, silky tannined palate and a persistent finish. Lean, but fresh. Drink Now. - James Suckling 92 points