Alberto Orte 2012 'La Antigua' Rioja Reserva DOCa
Item Number: 14696
Region: La Rioja
Sub Region: Rioja Alta
Appellation/AVA: Rioja DOCa
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 60% Garnacha / 30% Tempranillo / 10% Graciano
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Sandy, limestone soil and red silica
Elevation: 2,296 feet
Case Production: 2,000
Aging: 72 months in neutral 60% French and 40% American oak barrels
Vine Age: Planted between 1940-1955
Vineyard Work: Manual
Tasting Notes: This could qualify as a Gran Reserva, and it has the potential for further aging. Mineral-laden, supple, showing a depth of fruit and spice, La Antigua Rioja Reserva is elegant and lifted with good energy and suave floral character. Absolutely delicious! Try pairing it with braised meats, roasted mushrooms, stewed beef, duck, and game.
About Sierra de la Demanda: La Antigua is a unique wine coming from the southwestern part of Rioja Alta where the mountain range Sierra de la Demanda marks the southern border of Rioja. The vineyards here are some of the highest in Rioja. Sierra de la Demanda also contains the oldest Garnacha vines in Rioja. Many growers have given up on this region as evidenced by the many abandoned vineyards. However, a handful of wine producers have recognized the potential of this area to produce a fresher style of Rioja wine with vibrant color and higher acidity.
The vineyards of La Antigua are certified organic. The parcels are small with northern exposure and poor soil. The north-facing, high-altitude vineyards receive far less sunshine than those in the valley, resulting in grapes that ripen slowly, showcasing intense flavors of greater balance and focus. The last vineyards to be harvested in Rioja are in Sierra de la Demanda. The climate in this extreme part of Rioja is much drier; the nights are cool, producing grapes with thick skins and hence wines with more color and phenols. Garnacha is harvested here in November versus August in other parts of Rioja. Grape cultivation on these steep plots is very labor intensive, and it must be done by hand.