With 96 points from James Suckling and 95 from Wine Advocate, the 2010 is one of La Rioja Alta's finest releases of this iconic wine. From one of the region’s most historic and renowned bodegas, the wine could be up there with the legendary 1964.
"Dried cherries, cedar, sandalwood, tar, treacle tart, cinnamon and vanilla"
Critic, James Suckling 96 Points
La Rioja Alta has been a pioneering bodega since it was founded in 1890. It excels by applying traditional winemaking techniques in its state of the art, purpose built cellar. This is the third vintage the winemaker has added a portion of Garnacha from the La Pedriza vineyard. This beautifully complements the richly layered Tempranillo, sourced from the estate’s 30 year old vines, set at 600 metres altitude. All grapes – Tempranillo and Garnacha – were harvested by hand prior to careful, temperature controlled fermentation. This was followed by three years’ ageing in American oak casks, made at the estate’s century old cooperage. Only released 8 years after vintage, it’s beginning to drink well – a classic with lamb. Open early and decant.
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