D.O.Ca Rioja (Spain)
Wine making process
“When a winemaker loves the vines, and enjoys looking for small plots with great grapes, they can make unequalled wines”. (Borja Ripa – Manzanos Wines) Fermentation in 79(US gal lqd) open barrels with daily punching down. 15 days maceration with malolactic fermentation in new and two year old French barrels and then aged for 36 months. Racked every ten months and then fined in concrete tanks and bottle. Bottled after a light filtration, but not stabilised so there may be some harmless sediment in the bottle.
This wine is a blend of two vineyards. A 80 year-old Graciano vineyard, the oldest in the denomination, situated in San Adrian with a sandy soil and round pebbles at an altitude of 1214 ft. It has an unbeatable orientation to the sun and gives us concentrated mineral wines. The blend is complemented with grapes from Los Poyatos vineyard, another sunny site with 40-year-old vines giving us elegant, fresh concentrated wines.
A deep ruby red with tile nuances.
A brooding intensity of fresh fruit, chocolate, coffee and mocha and aromas minty and understory.
Long lingering with a fresh lively acidity and well integrated firm ripe tannins. A good potential for ageing. Long and serious.
Type of Wine
Barrica: 36 meses. Roble francés.
Botella: Mínimo 24 meses.
Would pair well with BBQ meats, stews, game and lamb dishes.