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2012 La Antigua Clásico "Rioja Reserva" Reserva, Rioja, Spain

2012 La Antigua Clásico "Rioja Reserva" Reserva, Rioja, Spain

$24.99

  • 2012 La Antigua Clásico "Rioja Reserva" Reserva, Rioja, Spain

    2012 La Antigua Clásico "Rioja Reserva" Reserva, Rioja, Spain

    $24.99 Excl. tax

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      Ripe red berries, violet and cracked pepper on the nose; a vanilla nuance emerges with aeration. Seamless in texture and appealingly sweet, offering pliant raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of mocha. Closes smooth and fruity, with subtle tannins.

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      ABOUT THIS WINE:

      24 months in stainless steel tanks plus 24 months in 60% French and 40% American oak barrels.

      ABOUT THIS PRODUCER:

      La Antigua Clasico is one of Alberto Orte’s most enduring history projects and shows off an unexplored region of DOCa Rioja, the western mountain range of Sierra de la Demanda. Inspired by the style of winemaking that was popular in the first half of the 20th century, Alberto’s winemaking emphasizes freshness and minerality, leading to balanced, long-lived wines. To that end, he has found old vine Garnacha, Tempranillo and Graciano in Sierra de la Demanda, south of the Ebro river in Rioja Alta. The northern facing, high-altitude vineyards receive far less sunshine than those in the valley, resulting in grapes that ripen slowly, showcasing intense flavors of greater balance and focus. This poses quite a risk that only hands-on viticulture can remedy: this area is one of the last to harvest in all of Western Europe, usually in early November! In addition to the cool climate, Sierra de la Demanda’s vineyards are extremely scattered and steep. This terrain is impossible to mechanize, and all vineyard work must be done by hand. The result is a handcrafted wine of precision and elegance – fresh and beautiful to drink now, with built-in longevity.

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