Snapshot
Vintage: 2006
Bottle sizes: 1.5 L
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Appellation: Rioja
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Red Blend
Varietal notes: 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano, 2% Garnacha
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: The vineyards are all estate owned and located in the San Vicente zone of Rioja Alta. Depending on the vintage the grapes come from a combination of 3 vineyards. El Codo with vines on average 30 years, El Llano with vines on average 35 years and Iscorta with vines on average of 60 years.
Orientation: El Codo is a very steep vineyard beginning at 475m and rising quikcly to 525m with orientation to the North. El Llano is at 500m with orientation North/North West. Iscorta is also at 500m with an orientation to the North.
Soil: Calcareous Clay. El Codo also has very large rocks and pebbles.
Viticulture: Practicing organics and sustainability, all estate owned vineyards, They work in a very natural way. All pruning and harvest is done by hand. El Codo and El Llano are trellised and cordon system. Iscorta is bush pruned.
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and crushed and fermented naturally with wild yeast in stainless steel tanks.
Aging: Aged in used American oak for 2 years and hand racked 4 times during that aging (every 6 months). The wine then ages for at least an additional 2 years in bottle before being released on the market. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Notes: This is the flagship wine of the estate. The Crianza is an amazing example of the complexity, elegance and structure of great traditionally made Rioja.
Ratings
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 91
Dark red. Aromas of dried cherry, redcurrant and cured tobacco, plus suggestions of mint, rose oil and coconut. Silky and open-knit, offering bitter cherry and spicecake flavors and a building suggestion of smokiness. Clings nicely on a long, smoke-tinged finish that features gentle tannins and an echo of candied flowers. This ready-to-drink wine, fermented in stainless steel and aged in used American oak barrels for two years, is imported exclusively in magnums.