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CERRO LAS CUEVAS TERROIR SELECTION DEBUTS ITS 2014 VINTAGE

Good acidity, perfect maturation of tannins and aromatic freshness obtained in a year of complex climatology

CERRO LAS CUEVAS debuts its 2014 vintage as representative of the terroir collection, the result of the winery's desire to convey the expression of specific plots of land that possess very unique and singular characteristics, as compared to other parcels in a D.O. as vast and diverse as Rioja.

"Rioja is the sum of many singularities, different microclimates, diversity of soils and different ways of working among peoples. We want to represent the terroir of Leza, understood as the conjunction of climate, the soil with its microbiology, viticulture, the know-how of grapegrowers and the ecosystem that surrounds the vineyard ", emphasizes Juan Antonio Leza, winegrower.

CERRO LAS CUEVAS has its origin in bush-trained Tempranillo vines (95%) that are approximately 80 years old, along with a small portion of Graciano (5%), grown on small plots around the village of Leza in Rioja Alavesa, at the foot of the Sierra Cantabria. The landscape consists of south-facing slopes and gentle plateaus, where vineyards intermingle with old oak trees. “This spontaneous vegetation is indicative of the area’s marked Atlantic influence, which clearly contributes to this wine’s freshness and balance. Poor soil with a high limestone content helps create structured wines with an exceptional tannin concentration”, says the grape grower Juan Antonio Leza.

Leza is one of the points of the DOCa. Rioja where most days elapse between the veraison of the grapes and the harvest, an indication of the maturation of the grape in this setting.To define this wine, David González explains: “We have chosen to work in the village of Leza with the hope of reaching the Tempranillo’s complete phenolic maturation without destabilizing the grapes’ alcohol content. Thanks to the climatic conditions and the Atlantic influence, we can maintain the fruit’s natural freshness”.

CERRO LAS CUEVAS is the result of a traditional elaboration, with fermentation in an open stainless steel vat, the use of autochthonous yeast and gentle plunging the cap to carefully extract noble tannins from the skin. Malolactic fermentation is done in French oak barrels, with a specially selected toast so as not to interfere with the pure original expression of the fruit. It is aged for 18 months in a new French oak barrel, with an additional year in bottle before being released.

To portray this wine, David González explains: “We have chosen to work in the village of Leza with the hope of reaching the Tempranillo’s complete phenolic maturation without destabilizing the grapes’ alcohol content. Thanks to the climatic conditions and the Atlantic influence, we can maintain the fruit’s natural freshness”.

Perfect balance

"Like 2013, 2014 was a complicated vintage, due to the rainfall the last part of the harvest. It is in these years that the greatness of the privileged terroirs is expressed, as it is the case of the town of Leza. Fresh years, with limited climatology, in which, with adequate work in the vineyard, grapes are obtained with perfect balance. Good acidity, perfect maturation of tannins and aromatic freshness", defines David González.

CERRO LAS CUEVAS 2014 is very intense, fruity, with expression of black fruit: blueberry, blackberry, etc…It also displays licorice and other notes of the soil (chalk). Wide, ample and full-bodied in the mouth but with excellent acidity which instills it with structure and longevity. Potent and complex but with finesse.

The 2014 vintage of CERRO LAS CUEVAS consists of a limited edition at 3,912 bottles. This red joins the TERROIR SELECTION which already includes PANCRUDO, from Badarán, a village in the Upper Najerilla Valley in Rioja Alta, and MONTES OBARENES, a white wine with long aging capacity that pays tribute to Rioja’s great historic whites. This wine was crafted through meticulous work at the winery, including the utmost respect for the fruit’s character and the desire to create a wine that stands the test of time. These village wines are faithful to their terroir, landscape and the local know-how of the most exceptional corners of Rioja.

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