Cerro Las Cuevas

2017
VINEYARDS: Grapes from our vineyards in Ollauri, in the areas known as "Las Laderas" and "Calitrancos", where the vines date back 90 years and grow in very narrow area on a steep slope. Mixture of varieties in the following approximate proportion: 80% Tempranillo, 12% Graciano, 3% Mazuelo and 5% Garnacha. Limestone soil, with pebbles on the surface in "Las Laderas" and more sandy soil in "Calitrancos".
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 and subsequent aging in French oak foudre.
SOIL: Poor soils with a high limestone content helps create structured wines with an exceptional tannin concentration.
CLIMATIC YEAR: The 2017 vintage will go down in history as "the year of the frost". After a dry and mild winter, budding occurred notably early in the season. Then, on April 28th, the eve of San Prudencio, temperatures dropped below zero in the majority of our vineyards. This event played a definitive role in our approach to the vineyard throughout the vegetative cycle. Due to low-yield production and the summer drought, all work in the vineyard focused on avoiding the loss of freshness in the different varieties. This was earliest vintage in Rioja’s recorded history, and the final result has been exceptional: very fragrant and balanced wines, thanks to the fresh nature of our vineyards’ locations, among other factors. Nevertheless, it was a curtailed vintage, with average yields lower than usual.
ANALYTICAL PARAMETERS: Alcohol: 14.4%
Ph: 3.73
Residual Sugar: 2.29 g/l
No OF BOTTLES: 5,339 (0,75 cl) and 200 magnum

Awards:

Cerro Las Cuevas 2015: 95 scores Guía Vivir el Vino 2018
Cerro Las Cuevas 2015: 95 scores Tim Aktin MW
Cerro Las Cuevas 2015: 94 scores James Suckling
Cerro Las Cuevas 2015: Silver Medal Decanter World Wine Awards
Cerro Las Cuevas 2014: 95 scores Guía Vivir el Vino
Cerro Las Cuevas 2014: 93 scores Tim Atkin MW
Cerro Las Cuevas 2014: 93 scores Anuario El País
Cerro Las Cuevas 2014: 92 scores Guía Proensa
Cerro Las Cuevas 2014: 93 scores James Suckling
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

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