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From a vintage designated as very good, this is a fine example of Rioja at its captivating best. The blend of Tempranillo (90%) and Graciano is highly expressive with dried fruit, nutmeg and cherry aromas; full-bodied with mouth-filling juicy berry fruits and hints of toasted oak; lovely minty tones and a long, elegant finish.
Cellaring Potential: Drinking now to 2032
Food pairing: Grilled or roasted meat dishes
STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
The wines produced by the fifth generation of the de Simon family from their 65-hectare estate are classic old school traditional Rioja. The wines are all hand-harvested and handmade, just as they were when the winery first went into production in the late 19th century. The original underground cellars, carved out of rock at a depth of 10 metres, remain, though today wine is made, aged and bottled in new air-conditioned facilities. Care and attention to detail are paramount. Generous fruit and well-integrated oak, both American and French, give their wines an appealing and distinctive character. This dedication to high standards has generated a warm critical response to the estatres suite of wines, including favourable mention by Decanter magazine. Read more.