This wine has been made with grapes of the Tempranillo and Graciano varieties, from the old vineyard that surrounds the Finca de Torrea, where the facilities of the Marques de Riscal wineries are currently located. The land is the classic clay-calcareous soil of Rioja Alavesa that has historically provided the best qualitative results.
It is a different style from the wines that Marqués de Riscal had traditionally made.
With a more modern profile, a greater fruity and less balsamic character, with a shorter aging and in French oak, and a shorter period of aging in the bottle. In the mouth it maintains the style of Riscal, perhaps with a greater structure, but it is still fresh, elegant and easy to drink. Extractions of phenolic compounds during fermentation are still done in a very limited way in order to maintain the fineness of the wines. Regarding the harvest dates, they try not to delay too much to be able to preserve enough acidity to refresh the wines and improve their aging in the bottle.
Tasting attributes: A covered cherry-colored wine with hardly any symptoms of evolution. On the nose it is intense, with notes of black fruits, spices and slight toasted nuances. On the palate it is elegant and well structured, round, long and with a fresh and fruity finish.
Grape variety: Tempranillo / Graciano
Barrel aging: 18 months
Harmony: This wine harmonizes well with all kinds of meats: roasted, stewed with mushrooms, spiced, … It goes perfectly with free-range chicken and stewed poularda.
It also pairs with powerful fish with sauces intense in flavor and aroma, such as sea bream a la Donostiarra or cod a la Riojana. Ideal to also take with bluefin tuna.
Service Temperature: Between 16º and 18º