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2013 Castillo Labastida Rioja Crianza D.O.

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Made from 100% Tempranillo, this is what we call a more modern style of glugable Rioja. It's a juicy wine that shows dark spicy fruits on the nose, with sniffs of curry spice and toastiness. The palate is medium-bodied and lightly-oaked, with more spicy flavours, suade-like tannins, and a succulent finish. Ideal with cured meats or a Catalan beef stew.

Winemaker's Notes

Vinification: Grapes were de-stemmed as they entered the winery to ensure an optimal fermentation and maceration, which lasted 17 days and was performed under strict thermal control so that the temperature never rose above 26 celsius. The wine was de-vatted by gravity and under went natural malolactic fermentation.

Maturation: Ageing took place in barrels made from American and French oak, which were mildly toasted so as not to alter the original character and to prolong the ageing process. The wine was racked at six months, removed from the barrels at 12 and then clarified with a minimum of egg white. It was then decanted for 25 days and bottled directly without any type of filtration.

Appearance: Ruby tone at the centre with a dark deep colour and lively edge.

Aroma: Cherry and blackberry jam. The wood, although noticeable, complements the openly fruity character of the wine, adding some cinnamon and toasted vanilla notes to the aroma's finish.

Palate: Full with a potent impression, which supports the balance between good acidity and a velvety feel. On the finish, it shows a mix of dairy and marinated fruit. It shows body, good complexity, strength and richness of nuances in the mouth as well as good persistency.

Food matching: Recommended with steaks and other red meats, casseroles, stews, lamb, Spanish chorizo sausages, hard and blue cheeses.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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