From selected vineyards in several areas in Elciego (Rioja Alavesa). The climate is Continental Mediterranean, with a strong Atlantic influence. After a dry year and a hot summer, the prolonged 2016 harvest benefitted from a suitable weather to obtain a quality vintage – defined by the Rioja Regulatory Council as Very Good. Organically-poor clay/limestone soils, with vines that average 25 years old. Hand- harvested during the first half of 2016. 20 days of fermentation in stainless-steel tanks. Aged for 24 months in (50% French 50% American) barrels, with an additional 12 months in the bottle. 30% of all the barrels are new.
Bright red cherry color of medium intensity. Intense, deep and complex aromas of ripe red fruits, combined with aromas from the barrel aging (spices, coffee & vanilla). On the palate, it is balanced and elegant, with a high level of freshness and a long, deep and pleasant finish.