This vintage, rated as "Very Good", was characterized by the hard frost that occurred when the vegetative cycle was beginning in mid-April, and by the subsequent drought. Except for these two weather events, the year passed normally, with the vintage displaying a perfect health status in the last phase of the cycle. The wines of this vintage are characterized by having a somewhat higher average graduation than 2016, with a very good aging capacity and a high percentage of fine and very identifiable wines.
High summer temperatures define this vintage. After a mild winter with very little rainfall, spring began with a great deal of rain, which provided favourable conditions for the growth cycle of the vines. During the summer, they experienced very high temperatures and the absence of rain, which resulted in very healthy vines. As a general result, this was a balanced year, where the final absence of rains led to a good concentration of grapes. This year is noted for a vintage with volume that can be enjoyed as a young wine.
After a winter with normal temperatures and rainfall for D.O.Ca 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.
Dark cherry red, almost garnet. Nose
On the nose, there are notes of wood. Coco and pepper appear on a nice background of black fruits with balsamic. Taste
The taste is fresh and harmonious. It is very fruity. A medium passage with good acidity and tannins present.
Not very intense ruby colour with maroon reflections. Clean and very bright with fine tears on the glass. Nose
Correct intensity, with aromas of red and black fruit intermixed with oak, toast, cocoa and coffee. Elegant balsamic background. Taste
A very balanced, medium-bodied Rioja wine. Very tasty, covering the palate in fruit with a slighty alcoholic touch. Smooth and silky texture. Good acidity and a long finish of good persistence.
Not very intense red ruby colour with maroon reflections. Clean and very bright wine with thin tears. Nose
Correct intensity nasal aromas among which the notes of red and black fruit stand out mixed with aromas of oak, cocoa, coffee and toasted notes. Elegant balsamic background. Taste
A highly balanced, medium-bodied Rioja wine with a tasty mid palate. The notes of fruit are noticed again along with a light touch of liquor. Long, mellow and silky mid palate. Good acidity and long and persistent finish. An easy-drinking and pleasant wine.
Intense red cherry colour with almost scarlet reflections. Very bright and clean wine with abundant thin tears. Nose
Very good aromatic intensity. Its very expressive notes of black fruit and creamy oak get mixed with strong toasted notes, cocoa and coffee. Elegant balsamic and slightly mineral background. Taste
A very balanced, full-bodied Rioja wine with a very tasty and serious mid palate. The notes of fruit with a light touch of liquor are felt again wrapped in very creamy aromas. Long, soft and silky mid palate with an excellent acidity and a long finish with a good persistence.
An easy-drinking and pleasant wine.
Red cherry colour with thin violet edges. Clean and bright. Abundant tears that stain the glass.
Its intense aromas of ripe black fruit dominate the nose. Its notes of sweet spices, elegant toasted hints and chocolate and milky touches round out this wine. Taste
Very tasty wine, with a velvety and soft mid palate. Its notes of ripe fruit are released along with very well integrated harmonious toasted arômas and with very creamy hints. Good acidity. Lightly astringent wine with a good finish that leaves spicy and balsamic feelings which provide a great final freshness.
An easy-drinking, pleasant and correct wine.
Bright ruby red with a good robe. Nose
In the nose, this wine offers intense aromas of ripe wild berries accompanied by balsamic notes, with a subtle background of vanilla, pepper and bay leaf.
It is fresh and friendly in the palate. The clear flavours of noble wood assembled with ripe fruit noticed in the nose appear again in the palate. Tasty, balanced and velvety mid palate. Lingering and spicy aftertaste. Long finish.
Bright cherry red color with a good layer. Nose
The nose offers intense aromas of ripe black fruit accompanied by balsámics touch, which can be found in many red wines from Rioja, and with a memory spicy coconut and licorice. Taste
It is fresh and pleasant in the mouth with a noticeable texture where the smokey and fruit assembled nuances reappear. Long and enfolding finish.