Palacio del Burgo Rioja Tinto 2018

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Alcohol: 13%

Grape(s): 100% Tempranillo

Localization: Rioja, Spain

Tasting Notes: The wine shows a deep cherry red color with violet tones. Intense fruity nose of blackberry and licorice over sweet mocha aromas. Vibrant with smooth tannins; long-lasting, powerful and smooth. An incredible Rioja value.

Notes: This wine is made of 100% Tempranillo from 15-25 year old vineyards in the Rihuelo area between the town of Alfaro and the slopes of Monte Yerga.

Work in the vineyard focused on achieving maximum tannic ripeness, while keeping the alcohol levels under control.

Harvest is by hand in some vineyards, mechanized in others. Grapes are destemmed and gently crushed. Temperature controlled (22-25º C) fermentation in stainless steel vats. Minimal maceration with the skins to preserve the fruit and insure easy drinking wines. Malolactic fermentation in concrete vats. 35 % of the final blend has been aged in used 225 liter American oak barrels (3, 4 & 5 years), the remainder aged a minimum of 6 months in contact with it's fine lees in concrete tanks.

Food Pairing: Enjoy it with pasta dishes, cheese and red meat.

The Domain: The vineyards measure 200 hectares – 494 acres – (90% tinto, 5% rosado, 5% blanco) and spread throughout the municipality of Alfaro, La Rioja, Spain at the foothills of Yerga Mountain, on the banks of the fertile Ebro Valley. This area offers a huge diversity of soils and microclimates where the grape varietals, Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Garnacha, Carignan, Graciano and Viura grow to become Burgo Viejo wines. Most of the vines are 30 years old. Some Garnacha are over 90 years old and some young organic Graciano have been planted. The types of oak used are 90% American and 10% French.