A hot dry summer, with temperatures reaching 35ºC, meant that alcoholic ripening was faster than usual. Phenolic ripening did not go at the same rate, though. By mid September, with approximately 5% of the harvest underway, Rioja saw some rain which helped ease the stress on the vines and balanced alcoholic and phenolic ripening levels. The rest of the harvesting was done on dry sunny days, with grapes ripening to their optimum level. The lack of diseases helped vines maintain their healthiness contributing to obtain high quality grapes.
The wine is aged for 14 months in barrels of new French and American oak, then clarified with egg white and bottled without filtration.
Colour: A deep cherry-red wine with a medium-high depth.
Nose: Aromas of black fruit and fruit compote, spices, baked goods and dairy products.
Palate: A long retro nasal sensation, that lasts on the palate. Elegant and silky.
Food matches: This wine pairs well with white meats such as chicken and turkey, stews, vegetable dishes, rice, tapas and semi-cured cheeses.