Subtlety, elegance, finesse, Delicacy. Silk.
An impeccable Spanish gran reserva from the masters of Rioja's traditional style. One of the few to be offered after four years in cask and proper bottle age, allowing it to develop stunning bouquet and fine, long-lasting flavour. The new 2011 (a testament to how seriously La Rioja Alta take ageing these wines!) is full, fleshy and generous.
Intense, deep cherry red, with a garnet-red rim. To the nose, the first impression is intense and complex, dominated by fruit (blackberry jam, raspberries and orange zest) that gradually revels underlying spicy and balsamic notes of cigar box, cedar liquorice, cloves, chocolate mints and toasted wood. Elegantly refined entry. Fresh and lively in the mouth, nicely balanced with polished silky tannins and a gentle, delicate finish. Very long aftertaste with citrus and balsamic notes that provide long, complex final sensations.
An ideal wine for most special occasions and celebrations. Especially recommended with not too spicy meat and fish and chocolate desserts. Ideal as an after-dinner drink.
Despite water shortages during the first few months, our vines in the upper areas of Rioja managed to attain a balanced canopy thanks to accumulated reserves. The end of the growing cycle was marked by sunny days and cool nights, a temperature gap that benefited grape ripening up to harvest. Magnificent colour component, significant polyphenol load and an outstanding condition resulted in wines that were particularly suitable for long aging. This vintage was officially rated ‘Excellent’