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Altos de Rioja Crianza 2020

$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


Price range per bottle

$20.00 – $29.99



Grape variety

Tempranillo & Tempranillo Blends







Sub region

Rioja Alavesa


Wine type

Red Table Wine

Payment Type



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.

“Amaia Amestoy has reduced the amount of toasty oak on this fresh, bright, well-made Tempranillo from Elvillar. Aged in mostly French and 20% American barrels, it’s fresh, vibrant and crunchy, with violet aromas, raspberry and blueberry fruit and a chalky finish. 2023-27.”
91 points, Tim Atkins Rioja Report, 2023

“Altos de Rioja, a tall drink of regional tempranillo from vines in the 20-40 year-old range in Ellvilar de Álava. Aged in both French and American barrels, truly typical and normal for what happens in Rioja yet this is a bit of reductive example. Peppery-rubbery and needing air to settle things down. Rich and unctuous, still very young, needing at least a year to bring both oak and reduction down to earth. The acid-tannin structural relationship is proper so things should improve in two years time. Drink 2025-2029.”
90 points, Michael Godel, Wine Align, January 2023