Another day, another Spanish wine. (What can I say, in preparation for our recent trip to Spain, I bought a LOT of Spanish wines…) Most of the information was found on the La Rioja Alta winery website.
The origins of this wine began on July 10, 1890. On that day, five Riojan and Basque wine-making families founded the ‘Sociedad Vinícola de La Rioja Alta’. This cooperative was built on the philosophy of making top-quality Rioja wines by controlling all aspects of the wine making process. The cooperative owns the vineyards, the winery, and even has its own cooperage. While they use 21st century technology, they blend in over a century of wine making experience and knowledge.
The winery is located in the heart of Rioja wine making region in the mountains of the north of Spain. The vineyards for this particular wine are located near the towns of Rodezno and Labastida.
The grapes 100% Tempranillo from part of the Las Monjas, El Palo and Las Cuevas vineyards in Rodezno and Alto del Rey in Labastida.
Wine-making and Aging
The grapes are picked manually and the selected clusters were placed in boxes and immediately transported to the winery in refrigerated vehicles at a temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit. For this winery the Bordeaux model is used. The grapes are destemmed, crushed and placed in tanks to undergo the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for two years in American oak barrels manufactured in-house; the first year in new oak and the second in barrels averaging three years in age. The wine was manually racked four times by the light of a candle.
My Tasting Notes
A black cherry nose with hints of earth and currant. Strong fruity flavor, bold and maybe just a little overpowering. Long finish, spicy, fruity to the end.