GRAPE: Tempranillo, Graciano
APPELLATION: Rioja DO
Harvested by hand in small plastic boxes, the grapes are transported to the selection table where we make sure that only the perfect clusters reach the fermentation tanks. We do not post macerate; we carry out a gentle fermentation and relatively short that respects the most delicate nuances of our grapes. Controlled fermentation at 26-28ºC in tanks stainless steel, with several pumping over daily. Malolactic fermentation started spontaneously and proceeded without problems just after alcoholic fermentation.
Cherry red color with bright hues. Complex aromas, ripe fruit, spices (cloves, pepper). On the palate liquorice, coffee, fresh and very long and balanced.
FOOD PAIRING: Perfect to pair with Iberic bellota Jamon, roasted lamb, grilled chicken, Manchego cheese, pork, beef, pastrami, barbecue.
PRODUCER: Briones, in the heart of the Rioja Alta, gathered all the conditions I was looking for: old steep vineyards of Tempranillo grapes, chalky soil and a climate showing a marked Atlantic influence. Declared a town of historic artistic merit, Briones is where we decided to site our bodega.
Now as one of the smallest wineries in Spain, our wines are among the most prestigious in the country.