Alcohol : 14,5%
Grape(s) : 93% Tempranillo + 7% Viura
Localisation : Rioja, Spain
Method : Cabornic Maceration
Tasting notes : Intense cherry red color, with violet rims. On the nose it is very aromatic, fresh red fruit (strawberry), forest fruits (blackberry, raspberry). Floral, balsamic tones, with a liquorice finish. Energetic entry into the mouth, with a fruity character. Tasty, intense, with well-integrated acidity. Soft and sweet aftertaste.
The Vineyard : Bodegas Valdelana is located in Elciego, known as the noble birthplace of Rioja Álavesa wines. The 150-hectare estate sits between the Ebro River and the Sierra de Cantabria mountains. This location lends itself to such delicious fruit because their chalk and clay-laden vineyards face southeast, toward the cooling Ebro, which allows for optimum sun exposure and ensures perfect ripening of the grapes. The mountains offer protection from the gusting northerly winds.
The Valdelana family has been tending these vines since well before the estate was founded in the late 19th century. Juan Jesús, thirteenth-generation owner and current winemaker, is one of the most innovative vignerons in all of Spain. He has worked tirelessly to transform the property not only into a first-class Rioja estate, but also a center of learning. Juan has established a museum showcasing the history of winemaking, which includes a journey through all the senses involved in wine tasting. Today, his children, Juan and Judit, are the 14th generation of the family to work at the winery, ensuring the continued legacy, traditions and values of Bodegas Valdelana.