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Altos de Rioja Crianza 2019

$25.99 x 12

(price per 750ml bottle) - sold in cases of 12 bottles
In stock. Available for purchase online by the unmixed case.

Additional information

Bottles per case

12

Price range per bottle

$20.00 – $29.99

Unit

750

Grape variety

Tempranillo & Tempranillo Blends

Vintage

2019

Country

Spain

Region

Rioja

Sub region

Rioja Alavesa

Winery

Wine type

Red Table Wine

Payment Type

cc

Collection

Altos de Rioja

The wines of Altos de Rioja are produced in an area with a privileged microclimate for growing grapes. Vineyards are perched in the highest part of the appellation, between 600 and 700 metres above sea level. It’s a well-rated subzone of the Rioja Alavesa, on the slopes of the mountain range. Those mountains form a natural barrier against the winds and stormy fronts that blow in from the Cantabrian Sea to the north. This microclimate sustains optimum ripening and tannin maturation, which in turn produces well-structured wines with deep colour suitable for prolonged ageing.

This Crianza is composed entirely of Tempranillo from 20 to 40-year-old vines grown in the high-altitude villages of Laguardia, Elvillar, and Cripan. After careful selection, hand-harvested grapes were destemmed, crushed, and cold-macerated for four days. The wine macerated for another ten days following fermentation, completed malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, then aged in three to five-year-old French and American oak for 12 months. The wine rested in bottle for six months prior to release.

Deep cherry in colour with a beautiful purple-toned edge, the nose is powerful and complex, with fresh fruit aromas balanced by well-integrated toasted oak. Fresh fruit flavours come to the fore again on the round, full-bodied palate: red berries and cherry with spicy herbs and a touch of tannin.

“Jean-Marc Sauboua makes this intense, deeply coloured Tempranillo from vineyards in the higher altitude zones of Elvillar, Kripan and Laguardia, ageing the results in French and 20% American oak. Juicy bramble and blueberry fruit flavours are embellished by smoky top notes. 2023-27.”
91 points, Tim Atkins Rioja Report 2022

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