It was marked by the April 28th frost that affected a large part of the Torre de Oña vineyard, considerably lowering our production forecasts. Finca Martelo was not made that year and this resulted in a notable rise in the quality of the Crianza, the only wine of this vintage made in Torre de Oña. The end of the cycle, a determining stage, mostly enjoyed good weather conditions that allowed us to carry out a staggered harvest and pick ripe grapes in very condition. The wines of this vintage stand out for their good balance and strong aromatic components, typical of this privileged area of Rioja Alavesa.
100% Choice Tempranillo from our Torre de Oña vineyard.
We picked only those clusters with the best ripeness level, which were taken to the winery in small boxes. Traditional, Bordeaux-style vinification was employed, with destemming, light crushing and fermentation in tanks. In January 2018, the wine was put into new American oak barrels (60%) and two-wine French oak barrels (40%) where it matured for 16 months. The wine was racked three times employing traditional methods and bottled in June 2019.
Lovely, medium-high intense, dark-cherry red with a garnet rim. Very intense nose, with a marked fruity character: cranberries, redcurrants and blackberries envelop balsamic aromas of patisserie, cocoa, freshly-ground coffee, cinnamon and liquorice. Intense and well-balanced in the mouth, with an elegant freshness, balance, fine tannins and a smooth finish. Fruit-laden aftertaste, with marked notes of red fruit underscored with balsamic notes from painstaking barrel aging. A wine that represents all the typicity and uniqueness of Rioja Alavesa..
Sausages, snacks, starters, hefty first courses and meats in general.