Vineyard: Fruit is sourced from an 11 hectare vineyard of ungrafted vines many of which were planted in 1872. The vineyard is referred to as Finca Hoya de Santa Ana and this bottling comes from the best parcel and the highest point so they call it Altos de la Hoya...meaning the "highest from La Hoya".
Orientation: Located in the northern part of the appellation at close to 825 meters in elevation.
Soil: sand and chalk
Viticulture: bush trained vines. Functionally organic.
Vinification: traditional fermentation.
Aging: aged in a combination of barrique and demi-muid. A few are new but most are 2nd and 3rd passage barrels from elite Burgundy producers.
Glass-staining ruby. Deep pitched, seductive aromas of black and blue fruits, cola and candied violet are complicated by smoky mineral and licorice nuances. Smooth, sweet and focused in the mouth, offering sappy blackberry and cherry compote flavors and a hint of spicecake. The penetrating finish shows excellent focus, a floral-inflected persistence and an echoing mineral note.- Josh Raynolds