Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Riserva 1998 Edicion Limitada, DOCa Rioja, Spain

Monte Real Gran Reserva 1998 Limited Edition is the first wine of the brand Monte Real which is made from 100% Tempranillo grapes. Grapes from their vineyard in Cenicero “El Monte” at 430 meters altitude, calcareous clay soil with abundant pebbles and vines over 40 years old. This soil composition naturally regulates production of between 3,000 and 4,000 kilos/hectare. 1998 Harvest: Excellent weather conditions. “Due to the high quality of the grapes, we had long maceration times, even for 30 days. For aging this wine, American oak barrels are used, whose wood had been for at least 4 years outdoors to reduce aggressive tannins and to ensure their optimal for the long aging we had planned for this wine conditions. The wine was racked into the barrels in February 1999, once completed the slow and complex process of malolactic fermentation. Monte Real Gran Reserva 1998 Limited Edition remained in these barrels for 40 months, making the corresponding racking every 6 months to prevent the wine from acquiring unwanted aromas. Because of the long period in the bottle, this wine needs a slight decantation/aeration, allowing the aromas to open. Tasting notes: Intense ruby red, with dark orange-brown hues thanks to its excellent ageing. Good layer, clean and bright. Powerful aromas on the nose, which are released in the glass, reaching its fullness. The characteristic aromas of Tempranillo (cherry and licorice) overlapping with aromas of oak, vanilla, other spices and subtle toasted are present. On the palate: harmonious, fine, elegant, velvety, well evolved, fresh, excellent acidity, fruitiness and ends with a long-lingering finish.