After a winter low in precipitation, spring came suddenly with plenty of heat, causing a rapid and early buds breaking. Spring rains did not appear and the risk of the mildew was scarce. The month of July was cooler than usual, but was also accompanied by little or no rainfall. Verasion, as expected, began very early, and after a month of August very hot and very dry, with light rains began in September, but continued high temperatures. All this meant that the vines were generally very healthy, but also developed and stressed, and consequently the grapes at first unbalanced, but with a temperature gradient between day and night. Harvest begins October 3 for red varieties, characterizing good climatic conditions during this period, so that grapes were collected with an excellent health. Irregular maturation which the alcoholic was very rapid maturation and high phenolic maturation was slow, which forced us to make a selection very strong harvest, with great care selecting each of our vineyards for wine with good intensity color, polyphenols and appropriate alcohol.
Hand harvested bunches selected, the last week of October.
Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa
90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, from 40+ years old vines.
Traditional. After the manual harvest is done, the peeling in a smooth manner by directly falling into the fermentation tank not using any type of pump. The fermentation process was carried out in stainless steel tanks of 25.0000 Kg. This process was done using 20% whole grapes and 80% peeling grapes. Daily pump overs were done during 3 weeks, with temperature-controlled fermentation between 28 and 30°C. After is realized the pressing by treading on the inside of the tanks for extracting the maximum wine of natural form.
New oak cask of American Missouri 70% and French oak 30%, during 14 months. Bottling in September of 2014.
Pillory red intense, clean, bright and violet tones.
Noble, clean, intense, with high-end feel and good fusion between black fruit (blackberries, plums) and notes of vanilla, leather, spices (black pepper, clove) from the toasted oak aroma.
Input velvety, silky, thin and with an acidity that conveys life. Powerful, elegant structure and a good aftertaste that leaves a feeling of dark fruit and balsamic touches. Very long and persistent finish.
Assessment of the Rioja Control Board