Marqués de Cáceres Crianza 2018, DOCa Rioja, Spain

85% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha Tinta & Graciano. Selection of parcels from 15-25 year-old vineyards, located in Rioja Alta (85%) and Rioja Alavesa (15%). Low yields of 35HL/HA on average. Soil: Mainly clay and limestone. Some parcels in Rioja Alta with ferrous subsoil. Mild, Atlantic climate with marked seasons. Harvest: 100% manual, parcel by parcel. Vinification: The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. Alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures starting off at 10ºC to reach 28ºC. Prolonged skin-contact maceration up to 20 days. Malolactic fermentation in stainless-steel tanks. Once this process has finalized, the wines are put into barrels for ageing with racking
every six months. Aged 12 months in French (60%) and American (40%) oak barrels, split equally between, new barrels and 2, 3, & 4 year-old (maximum) barrels. Aged 1 year minimum in bottle before release. Tasting notes: “Bright, cherry-red color. Intense bouquet with a refined trace of fruit and discreet toasted notes. Good structure in the mouth with mature fruit flavors that highlight its pleasant fullness. A superb Crianza from a vintage where our choice of vineyards was even more selective so as to extract in full the personality of the grapes.” – from the Winery