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This wine comes from three proprietary vineyards: La Veguilla, Jararte, and Valgrande located around the towns of San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Labastida. Soils are calcareous clay with gravel. Careful hand harvesting of perfectly mature clusters with good sanitary conditions and additional selection made in the winery using a sorting table. The Rioja Crianza (100% Tempranillo aged 14 months in used American and French oak, and bottled unfiltered) exhibits a complex nose of roasted herbs, sweet cherries, earth, and vanilla. Medium-bodied, with attractively sweet fruit, decent acidity, and silky tannin, it can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years. The wine undergoes 21 days maceration with two pump-overs daily during the first 11 days and a light pump-over every day after that. Temperature controlled fermentation. Aged 14 months in 2-3 years old Bordelaise barrels of American and French oak with racking every four months. Bottled unfiltered.
Wine EnthusiastBest Buy! Inky, earthy berry aromas come with a hint of animal. This feels grabby but solid, with firm tannins. Standard plum and berry aromas are the slightest bit stalky, while flavors of roasted black fruits and coffee are bolstered by hard tannins on the finish.
Wine SpectatorThis crisp red shows black cherry, fresh herb and licorice flavors, with notes of spice and smoke. Focused, with light, firm tannins and balsamic acidity. Lively. Drink now through . 7,500 cases made.