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.
The juicy chatacters takes over anf then the leather fight back in the end. It coukd be a very nice with sone structure. As enjoyed now
- Luis F. Escovar A.
Excelente Vino: Suave, muy Agradable al Paladar, Sedoso y de Buen Cuerpo
Dry, good tannins, like the tobacco
Some acid, fruity, light,
Dry, earthy, spicy
Robert ParkerRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/07/2013