Alberto Orte 2010 'La Antigua' Clasico Rioja Reserva DOCa
Item Number: 11300
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: Sand and limestone
Elevation: 1,865 feet
Aging: 48 months in neutral 60% French and 40% American oak barrels
Vine Age: Vines planted from 1940-1955
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 Reserva is elegant and lifted. Absolutely delicious!
About Sierra de la Demanda: La Antigua is a unique wine coming from one of the most special and unknown territories of the Rioja region. La Antigua is located in 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 at an altitude of 2,200 feet. 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 and were planted between 1940 and 1955. The vineyard parcels are small with northern exposure and poor soil (95% silica sand and 5% slate sand – similar to Montsant). The northern facing vineyards experience cooler temperatures resulting in grapes that are able to ripen slowly hence showcasing flavors of great 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.