Abel Mendoza, Jarrarte Oak Aged, Rioja, Spain, 2016
Modest and passionate about his vineyards, Abel and his wife Maite have been making understated wines in San Vicente since 1988.
Lying in the shadow of the Sierra Cantabria, Abel has vineyards in the finest parts of the Alavesa. His knowledge and understanding of the soils is enthralling and to taste in his cellar can be an education on the effects different soils have in different years. He wants only to express the fruit and the soil and unlike many Riojans, he leaves it more or less at that. He does not want to stamp the wines with any particular style or mark of his own other than his respect for the very natural quality of the grapes and for the magical places that they were grown.
Wine made from grapes that come from vines with an average age of 35 years, located in different areas of the municipality of San Vicente de la Sonsierra (La Rioja), Labastida and Abalos. Clay-Calcareous soils.
The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature.
Type: French Oak Allier
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 50
Cherry red, purple and traces of violet. Subtle notes of cocoa, liquorice, and balsamic. It enters the mouth dry and structured.
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