Year rated as excellent by the Regulatory Board of Rioja. This year we had in operation 157 170 hectares of property. The harvest in our vineyards was 890,475 kg of grapes. The absence of spring frosts and good environmental conditions favoring fertilization and fruit set of grapes and offset the damaging effects of pests such as rust mites and thrips attacked buds at the time of sprouting and budding, slowed by low temperatures at that stage of the growing season made this would translate into an abundant harvest. Despite suffering an unstable and stormy summer, this high amount of harvest reached high levels of quality thanks to ideal climatic conditions of October fresh and light which allowed us to carry out the work of comfortable vintage and staggered, brooding each one of the varieties in his ripeness point, mature and balanced without compromising at any time the perfect health of the grapes. The work began in vineyard vintage Tondonia on 11 October.
Medium red. Ripe red fruit, flowers and spices on the nose, with a smoky nuance emerging with aeration; very fresh for this notoriously hot vintage. Concentrated but not at all heavy, with intense red berry and floral pastille flavors and a deeper note of singed plum. The finish is bright and high-pitched, with lingering cherry and raspberry flavors and a hint of candied licorice.
Surprisingly balanced for 2003. The fruit is still there (dark berries) but complemented with tobacco and sous bois. After 30mins in the glass, this wine is AWESOME!
This one is opening up faster than the Tondonia... More chocolate / coffee flavors than Tondonia too. Definitely bigger / richer / more expressive.