(From 2007 Vintage) Vintage The harvest offered extraordinary quality. The keys to this great year were: very favourable weather which enabled the vines stay in excellent condition throughout the growth cycle; moderate production yields; and selective picking of our best grapes. This was further enhanced by balanced ripening in terms of acidity and alcohol content, a good polyphenol load and significant varietal typicity. Those are the necessary ingredients to enjoy the wines from a vintage which was officially rated Excellent by the Rioja Control Board. Vineyards 100% Tempranillo from part of our Las Monjas, Bardal and Las Cuevas vineyards in Rodezno and Alto del Rey in Labastida. These estate-owned vineyards are located at an altitude of 500-600 metres above sea level, planted more than 40 years ago in chalky-clay soils.. Winemaking and ageing The grapes were picked manually and gently transported to the winery in boxes and refrigerated lorries. Once in the winery, the grapes were destemmed and crushed following the bordelais model. After fermenting, the wine was aged for 2 years in American oak barrels manufactured in-house —the first year in new oak and the second in barrels averaging 3 years in age. The wine was manually racked four times by the light of a candle.
Light to medium ruby, it delivers an enticing bouquet of cedar, spice box, leather, forest floor, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to a ripe, moderately dense wine with complex flavors and excellent balance.
Robert Parker(From 2007 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/07/2013
Wine Spectator(From 1995 Vintage) Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/00
Wine Spectator(From 1989 Vintage) Rating: 82/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 04/30/95.
Wine Spectator(From 1994 Vintage) Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/98