Overview: The Ramirez de la Piscina family of San Vicente have been farming grapes in this historic village since the 13th century. Their family name is shared with the hermitage of Santa María de la Piscina, a 12th century Romanesque hermitage, a historic landmark site that is engraved with the Ramirez family crest, speaking to the family's long history in Rioja. Today, they produce small quantities of extremely classical Rioja wines from estate and long-term contracted vineyards in San Vicente and Abalos, two of the most important villages in the Sonsierra Riojana, a geographic "triangle" of quality between San Vicente, Abalos, and Labastida.
Estate owned and vineyards leased on long term contracts in the villages of San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Abalos, sandwiched between the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range and the Ebro River. Sustainable dry farmed viticulture. Vineyards trained as spur-pruned goblet vines as well as high density trellises. Manual work and harvest, with no mechanization whatsoever. The grapes undergo rigorous manual sorting before destemming. 100% of the clusters are destemmed, but not crushed. Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel (inoculated) with neutral yeast. Maceration lasts 20-30 days. The wine is racked to concrete tanks for malolactic fermentation, which occurs spontaneously. 14 months in American and French oak barrels in underground cellars. Before bottling, the wine settles for 5 months in stainless steel. Before releasing to the market, the wine is aged in bottle for at least eight months.
Tasting Notes: Brilliant ruby. Aromas of cherry pit, blackberry, licorice and cola are complemented by a subtle hint of dill. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering cherry preserve, red berry, vanilla and rose pastille flavors that spread out slowly on the back half. Shows very good clarity and appealing juiciness on a long, supple finish framed by well-knit tannins. Raised in a combination of French and American oak barrels.
Points: 87, Wine Enthusiast
Format / ABV:750 ml / 14.50%
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