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Characteristics of Biga Crianza
Biga Crianza is a red wine from the Rioja region and produced by the Luberri Winery. The winery was founded in 1991 by Florentino Martínez Monje, who came from a family of farmers from Elciego, and his wife.
The climate in Rioja alavesa is continental with a mediterranean influence. During the winter months, cold winds from the north are softened thanks for the Sierra de Cantabria which acts as a natural barrier.
This wine is made solely from Tempranillo (100%) grapes which are taken from vineyards situated 400-600 metres above sea level on poor soils composed of,clay and limestone. This results in a low yield but a high quality. The 29 hectares belonging to Luberri spread through the municipalities of Elciego, Laguardia, La Puebla de Labarca and Villabuena of Alava.
The viticulture that occurs in these vinyards is 100% environmentally friednly. The harvest takes place depending on the ripeness of the grapes, and they are not picked until the correct moment.
As for the production, a traditional method is followed. The process begins with a carbonic maceration, with whole bunches being put into the tanks. Following this, the juice goes through an intracellular fermentation, which enhances the aromatic intensity range. Finally, the wine is then aged for 12 months in barrels of French and American oak.
Serve at 16ºC
Roasts, Lamb stew, Stuffed aubergines, Stew, Mushrooms, Game animals, White meat with sauce, Chicken stew
After a winter with normal temperatures and rainfall for D.O.Qa Rioja, high temperatures in spring and summer market his year, as well as the absence of rain at the most dangerous times for the vineyard. These factors led to very healthy vines, but the harvest was brought forward three weeks on average. As a result, this year was rated as a very good one in the area, with the only drawback of not reaching full ripeness. Therefore, the wines from this vintage are those typical from Rioja, with a slightly higher alcoholic strength and a good balance between acidity and ripening.
It was a fairly balanced year until the harvest season arrived. The beginning of the cycle, in October, started with high temperatures, and it was not until mid-November that the first frosts began and the leaves of the vines began to fall to prepare for winter. Throughout the winter, rainfall was generous and water reserves could be secured for the growth cycle period. During the months of March and April, there was an increase in temperatures that led to the good sprouting of the plant. The growth cycle of the vines was suitable, and the sudden rise of temperatures resulted in quite a fast blooming. There was an optimal growth of the fruit, until the harvest season, when rains damaged the state of the grapes and caused a drop in production. This is a good vintage, but the last rains damaged the final result. The wines are good and can be drunk in the short- and mid-term, they have a medium body and material.
This vintage was marked by a very rainy and cold spring just at the time of the growth cycle. This fact caused it to ripen unevenly and with a certain delay. Thanks to a fairly dry September and October, the grapes that ripened with a certain delay were harvested in a selective manner. A complicated vintage, but with good results since there was an exhaustive selection of the grapes. A good balance between concentration and acidity in their youth define the wines from this vintage.
A good balance and few climate incidents define this vintage. The autumn began with mild temperatures and lack of rain. In March began the rain,as well as the development of the vines. At the beginning of the growth cycle of the vines, temperatures decrease and there were a lot of rainy days. This caused an irregular growth of the vineyard. After an unstable month of May, the temperatures increased, and a cycle without rains began. This resulted in perfect sprouts and a good flowering. The summer months were warm and with some heat waves, which caused a slower growth cycle and some symptoms of water stress, and thus a concentration of fruit. At the end of September, and before the harvest, there was some rain that was perfect for a great year thanks to the perfect ripening of the grapes. Good acidity and concentration define the wines from this vintage. Fine wines with a great ageing potential.
An excellent vintage in Rioja. With a mild autumn, and a cold and rainy winter, the growth season began with enough resources for the perfect development of the vines. During this period, there were no pests and diseases until the end of the growth cycle. During the harvest, there were no significant rains, so the health and ripening of the grapes were excellent. A great year with great aged wines that can be stored for a long time. Perfect balance between the most amiable tannins and the good acidity, which give these wines an extraordinary length.
SightRuby red colour with maroon edges. Clean and very bright. Abundant tears.NoseCrispy and clean nasal aromas with a high intensity. Its notes of fresh and clean red fruit stand out along with the aromas provided during its ageing: leather, spices and fine wood. Very pleasant and balanced wine.TasteA red wine with a very elegant and pleasant palate. Even if the aromas provided during the ageing stand out (vanilla, wood and smoke), its aromas keep its fruity acidity. At the same time, some hints of aromatic herbs are noticed, which remind us of the vineyards from which it is issued. Long and very nice finish.
Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.
Florentino Martínez Monje is the soul and strength of Luberri-Family Monje Amestoy, a man who is passionate about Rioja Alavesa, his small winegrowing country that very few know as well as he does. For more than 20 years, Florentino energetically leads his family winery in Elciego, and he gives us his vision of Rioja Alavesa with pure, modern and honest wines with character. The trajectory of Luberri-Monje Amestoy is already a part of the recent history of Rioja Alavesa, and today their wines represent a unique way of understanding this land.