Rioja Garnacha, Contino, CVNE
Garnacha: 100%. Manual harvest from the Pajera, Central and Lentisco plots from our estate where some of the vineyards are 70 years old. Alcoholic fermentation took eight days in 100 hectoliters French oak vats at a controlled temperature between 82 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by another seven days of maceration. The wine was moved into one year old French oak barrels previously used on the 2007 white where it underwent malolactic fermentation. On the second year, the wine was racked into 225 liter used oak barrels and stayed there until it was bottled. The wine will spend 5 or 6 months in our underground cellars until its release to the market.
Ruby Red , despite its long aging it has no oxidative hue, frank nose, very intense varietal with hints from floral (roses) to fruit (strawberries, cherries) and spices (black pepper), smart mouth , tasty and very nerve length. Good finish.
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Press & Reviews
The 2011 Garnacha was hand-harvested from a very dry growing season. It fermented in a 100-hectoliter oak vat and went through malo and maturation in barrels (300-, 400- and 500-liter) that had previously been used for the white for one year. It was then transferred to well-seasoned 225- and 500-liter barrique for one more year. The wine shows very ripe with hints of overripeness and Mediterranean herbs. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with abundant, grainy tannins, quite ripe, modern and clean, perhaps more representative of the vintage and the warm zone within Rioja Alavesa than the grape. 3,200 bottles produced.
Brilliant ruby. Deeply pitched red fruit liqueur, rose pastille and pipe tobacco aromas are lifted by a mineral note. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that tighten up on the back half. A smoky nuance emerges with air and carries through a very long, seamless, focused finish, with the vanilla and floral qualities repeating. This sexy wine is pretty delicious now but also has the concentration and balance to age.