Barely 2,000 hectares of this grape are cultivated in the Rioja appellation. Due to its longer growing cycle, it needs good weather conditions to ripen properly and it is very prone to mildew. However, by restricting its yield and harvesting late, it is possible to obtain musts with a lot of colour and good acidity, with very fresh aromas and an unquestionably distinct personality. In the Mediterranean vineyards this variety is known by the alternative name of Cariñena or Carignan Noir.


Product Description

Made from grapes from the “Las Carretas” vineyard, situated in a well- protected, south-facing valley which provides lots of intense sunlight. The good October weather meant we were able to harvest this variety late and in ideal state of health, with good phenolic maturation.

Aged for 12 months in 70% French and 30% American oak casks which had been primed beforehand so that the wood does not impede the enjoyment of the varietal aromas. Bottled in February 2018.

COLOUR: Intense, lively black-cherry colour with very little sign of evolution.

AROMAS: With the glass held still, it is expressive, with reminders of wild forest fruit, such as blueberries, blackberries and Mirabelle plums. Fresh, clean nuances. When swirled in the glass, spicy notes of pepper and slate appear, with a faint reminder of patisserie cream.

MOUTH: A very fresh, crisp attack. On the palate it is direct and “up-front”, with pleasant, lively tannins and good acidity. In the aftertaste there is a balance between alcohol and acidity and a long finish, Atlantic nuances, wild-berry fruit flavours and hints of ginger.

%Alcohol Total Ac. Volatile Ac. Total SO2
14,80 % 5,74 g/l. 0,54 g/l. 70 mg/l

Contains sulfites.
Wine suitable for vegans.

  • 90 Pts. James Suckling
  • 90 Pts. Peñín Guide