A serious wine for the price points!
Intense deep ruby, tight rim. Lingering black pepper and cloves, followed by tones of freshly split cedar, dry meat and coffee, dark fleshy plum and cherry fruit. This experience points to an inverted RIojas' red fruit-sandalwood-spice-meat tasting paradigm. A smooth drinking Rioja with its extraordinary 100% Graciano composition, it gives a medium palate with black cherry and plum mix, well structured finely grained tannins, lengthy spice, with a stony minerality. The earthy finish lingers and ends with a strong peppery spice. Although this wine has a pure palate, this is not the wine to take lightly but instead; it should enjoy to its fullest.
With ripe tannin and sufficient acidity, this a food wine with intense mid-palate and soft texture. Try with Cantonese stew meat dishes. Slow savour over a good glass is subtle; open decant 30 minutes and drink heartily is one option. Then it swallows smart despite the 14% ABV.
A modern Rioja red wine, this wine was matured in French oak and made from native 100% Graciano, which is quite rare for a Rioja. The grapes for this wine come from vineyards that are approximately 20 years old. The vines planted in the vaso system is just one Spanish version of the globe. On chalky soils located at 600 m (1,969 ft.) above sea level, the structure and natural acidities.
The grapes are hand-harvested into small baskets to prevent bruising. The bunches brought to triage tables for selection of only the healthiest, ripest grapes give a certain ripeness in the palate.
The fermentation temperature is between 20°C and 25°C, which is low for a red. The extended slow maceration enables us to extract great aroma and colour potential, hence the suppressed fruit nose and palate. The palate remains fresh throughout.
Seriously, how often do you find a bottle of wine with 92 pts with this intensity and seriousness and it costs like this cheap?