This 100% Tempranillo wine is a ruby red color, with good intensity. The fruit in the nose and palate are very clean and mature (red fruits dominate) along with hints of liquorice, in the background there are notes of spice and vanilla from oak aging. The palate is round, elegant and velvety, showing finesse and a very long, satisfying finish. 90 Pts- Wine Enthusiast 91 Pts - Wine Spectator Winemaker Notes: Selected grapes from Rioja Alavesa and Alta vineyards. Soils are a very poor, chalky type with a clayish-sandy texture. The vines have a medium age of 40 years and are grown using the traditional “goblet” system. Twenty to 25 days of fermentation and maceration in stainless steel, temperature-controlled vats with daily pump-overs in order to achieve the optimum color and tannic extraction. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in stainless steel tanks and then the wine is racked twice before going into oak barrels. The wine is aged in American and French oak barrels for 24 months with three rackings. There is further bottle ageing for two years prior to release.