Cerro Las Cuevas

2015
VINEYARDS: Old bush-trained Tempranillo vines (95%) that are aproximately 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.
HARVEST: Grapes were handpicked in 15 kg crates and then hand sorted at the winery.
WINEMAKING: Traditional elaboration with fermentation in an open stainless steel vat, autochthonous yeast and gentle plunging the cap to carefully extract noble tannins from the skin. Malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels, with a specially selected toast so as not to interfere with the pure original expression of this wine.
SOIL: Poor soils with a high limestone content helps create structured wines with an exceptional tannin concentration.
TASTING NOTES: A very rainy winter with heavy snow in the higher elevation areas of the designation of origin. The growing season took place under high temperatures, thus the vine's photosynthetic apparatus developed very quickly. Flowering also occurred early and berry growth took place in one of the warmest July's in recent years. August was dry and cooler with a wide thermal range between day and night. The end result was an early harvest (12 days ahead of schedule) for well-structured wines with good potential for ageing.
ANALYTICAL PARAMETERS: Alcohol: 14.4%
Ph: 3.73
Residual Sugar: 2.29 g/l
No OF BOTTLES: 3,912 and 60 magnum

Awards:

Cerro Las Cuevas 2014: Bronze Medal Decanter World Wine Awards
Cerro Las Cuevas 2013: 94 scores Guía Vivir el Vino Best Wine Revelation of the Year
Cerro Las Cuevas 2013: 92 scores Tim Atkin Master of Wine
Cerro Las Cuevas 2013: 93 scores Guía Proensa

Tasting notes

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