Grape(s): 100% Tempranillo
Localization: Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Tasting Notes: Beautiful garnet in color. Offers intense aromas of blueberries, blackberries, cocoa, and caramel. The well-structured and complex palate culminates with graphite minerality on a long finish. A classic example of Crianza boldness and youth.
Notes: Clusters are hand-picked, carefully selected, and destemmed into stainless steel for temperature-controlled natural fermentation. Post-fermentation, the wine macerates on skins for an additional week before pressing. Malolactic fermentation proceeds spontaneously in concrete and mixed oak vessels.
Élevage is twelve to fourteen months in 225-liter barrels; time spent in a barrel varies depending on the
evolution of the wine over the course of the year.
The Domain: The Fernandez Gomez family has a history in viticulture that stretches back for more than a century, but it was the vision of the latest generation that first brought their production to the commercial market through the emergence of Bodegas Tierra. With nearly 80 acres of prime vineyard holdings in Rioja Alavesa, some containing original hundred-year-old plantings, it’s not surprising Tierra quickly earned an impressive reputation as an estate grower and producer. Efforts taken by Tierra focus on maintaining grape integrity from vineyard to bottle so true character is maintained; picking is always done by hand, with great care and winemaking never intrusive. Within the stylistic spectrum of Rioja, expect robust, balanced wines that integrate generous barrel maturity with minimal oxidative characteristics.