La Antigua Clásico Gran Reserva

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Winemaker Notes

Bright ruby-garnet. On the nose, powerful, dark and brooding, with swirling aromas of fresh and dried red cherry, fresh blackberry, black pepper, umami, soy, dried purple flowers, spicebox and leather. On the palate, surprisingly, even shockingly fresh acidity, with red and blue fruit framed beautifully by cedar, white pepper, and a touch of coffee. Beautifully balanced and plush textured, with impressive persistence and concentration. An elegant, classic Rioja.

Wine Information

Like the other wines in the La Antigua Clásico line, the Rioja Gran Reserva is a history project, intended to evoke and showcase the blending philosophy that was the soul of Rioja in the early part of the 20th century, emphasizing freshness, elegance, and ageability in the final product. This is a collaboration between Michael Quinlan, Patrick Mata and Alberto Orte, lovers of classic Rioja. To quote Michael Quinlan – “few wines in the world provide so much pleasure and complexity as a perfectly aged Gran Reserva.” The northern facing vineyards of Sierra de la Demanda experience cooler temperatures, resulting in grapes that ripen more slowly, hence showcasing flavors of greater balance and focus. In addition to the cooler conditions of this area, La Antigua is a place where the parcels are extremely small and steep. This terrain is almost impossible to mechanize, and all important vineyard work needs to be done by hand. With this old vine blend, sourced from the highest altitude vineyard in the appellation, we see the marvelous potential for aging that is brought by old vine Garnacha and Graciano.

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