ALONSO LÓPEZ CRIANZA

GRAPE: Tempranillo, Graciano

APPELLATION: Rioja DOCa.

VINIFICATION: Made with 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from more than 40 years old vines. Malolactic Fermentation took place in cement vats during 2 months by indigenous yeasts and also in new French barrels during 6 months. Alonso López is aged 14 months in new French oak barrels of 225L. The wine rest in bottle during at least 8 months before to be released to the market
TASTING NOTES: Deep ruby. Bright, clean and full red. Explosive aromas of crushed raspberry, lavender, rosemary, violet, smoke and coffee. With uncanny rounded, Alonso López fills the mouth leaving an impression of velvet red berries and minerals. Finishes extremely long and magically fresh.

FOOD PAIRING:Perfect pairing with Iberico bellota ham, roasted lamb, beef wellington, fillet mignon, suckling pig and all important dishes.

RATINGS HISTORY:

90 Points by Wine Advocate (Robert Parker); Vintage 2015

Tech Sheet:

PRODUCER: Family tradition in winemaking forge the character of Alonso López. It is elaborated in “LaPuebla de Labarca” village, the golden Rioja area of only 2km2 located in Rioja Alavesa.

Alonso López is sourced from two plots of 40 year old vines. These vineyards are located on the slopes of the mountains of Laguardia and Lapuebla de Labarca, between 430 and 580 meters of altitude. Due to their unique situation, the climate is Mediterranean, Atlantic and Continental. Our peculiar farming system has allowed us to develop a control system that allows us to elaborate high quality wines and discover the potential of each of our vineyards. The well-established trellised vineyards were planted in La Rioja Alta at an altitude of 650m, where the mild Atlantic climate prevails. Our winery lies on the path of the world-famous Camino de Santiago, nestled in the heart of Spain’s world-famous Rioja Alta wine region.