CRAFTING AND AGING
This limited edition is the result of a stringent selection of the very best Tempranillo vineyards in Rioja Alta located near to the winery, with an average of 35 years of age, bush trained, dry-farmed; with poor soils and low production. The selected parcels are hand-harvested in small crates. The Graciano variety comes from one of our sunnier estates, in this case, Pradejón in Rioja Oriental. They are both vinied seperately. The Tempranillo variety is fermented in conventional vats with continuous pumping-over and prior bleeding-o to concentrate it by 8%. The vinication of the Graciano variety takes place in small capacity truncated-cone shaped vats allowing the concentrated aromas to be retained. Both macerate on their skins for 3 weeks. Malolactic fermentation of the two varieties takes place in separate underground cement tanks. Each variety is barrel-aged separately: 20 months in French oak and mixed barrels – 40% new and 60% semi-new, the wine is then aged reductively in bottle for at least 8 months.
LOOK: Bright, intense cherry red, with a deeper tone and intensity of colour, due to both the Tempranillo selection and the colour added by the Graciano variety.
AROMA & PALATE: Intense nose, where you can appreciate the richness of nuances: very noticeable aromas of ripe black plum and mineral notes on the rst nosing, perfectly blended with touches of stewed, ripe fruit and more savoury notes of oak, nishing on vanilla with a background of mahogany. Balanced palate with silky, enjoyable tannins and notes of oak ageing. On the palate it is eshy, glycerine in texture, savoury, velvety and well structured with a persistent nish. It has more acidity than Montecillo’s classic Crianza, due to the low PH of the Graciano used in this blend, which helps aord it a long nish.
Red meats, game, Iberian cured pork products, cheeses and much more.
Serving temperature: 18ºC.