Alberto Orte 2012 'La Antigua' Clasico Crianza, Rioja DOCa

Alberto Orte 2012 'La Antigua' Clasico Crianza, Rioja DOCa

Item Number: 14842

UPC: 8-437013189231

Country: Spain
Region: La Rioja
Sub Region: Rioja Alta
Appellation/AVA: Rioja DOCa
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2012
Grape(s): 70% Tempranillo / 20% Graciano / 10% Garnacha
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Sand and limestone
Elevation: 1,865 feet
Case Production: 3,000

La Antigua Clasico is one of Alberto Orte’s most enduring history projects and shows off an unexplored region of Rioja: the western mountain range of Sierra de la Demanda. Inspired by the style of winemaking that was popular in the first half of the 20th century, Alberto’s winemaking emphasizes freshness and minerality, leading to balanced, long-lived wines.

Vine Age: Planted 1940-1955
Aging: 24 months in stainless steel tanks and 24 months in 60% French and 40% American oak barrels

Terroir Notes: The vineyards of La Antigua are certified organic and 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. 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.