D.O.Ca.Rioja

Valdelacierva Crianza

2016

91 pts
Guía Peñín
2020

91 pts
Wine Spectator
2019

90 pts
Wine Enthusiast
2019

Bronze Medal 
Decanter
2019

Other awards:

91 Points – Guía Repsol 2017
Gold Medal – Mundus Vini 2019
Silver Medal – Premios Bacchus 2016
Bronze Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2013

Production:

Before fermentation, the grapes were kept at 4ºC. The grapes were destemmed without crushing. Fermentation was at a controlled temperature of 25ºC. The length of post-fermentation maceration depended on the ratio of anthocyanin to tannin. 20% of the young wine underwent malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels, giving it more color intensity, structure and richness because the polymerization of tannins took place early and was stable, making the wine longer lasting as well as providing spicy, toffee and subtle smoky notes.

Aging for 15 months in new French oak (40%) and one year old American oak (60%).

CHARACTERISTICS

Grape

100% Tempranillo

Vintage

2016

Vineyard

Bush vines in the Rioja Alavesa villages of Baños de Ebro and Yécora

Type of soil

Clayey and calcareous

Yield (kg/ha)

4.500

Harvest

Hand picked

Alcoholic content

14%

Vegan certification

Yes

Altitude

545 - 695 metres

Vineyard age

Over 30 years old

Bottle type

Bordeaux 75 cl

Temperature

16ºC-18ºC

TASTING NOTES

Colour

Cherry with a ruby rim

Nose

Intense and complex. Lactic sensations over mineral notes, typical of the Alavesa terroir, with touches of jammy acidic fruit along with elegant nuances of black pepper and a light touch of toffee candy and custard

Palate

At first, sweet and full bodied with silky tannins followed by a balanced mouthfeel and a long, rich aftertaste

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