Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Altos Ibéricos Crianza, DOCa Rioja — 2016

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  • Introduction

    • Altos Ibéricos was Familia Torres first endeavor in the Rioja region. This light, elegant and modern interpretation presents the essence of Tempranillo in all its beauty. The Crianza offers a bright and contemporary red with smooth juicy tannin, elevated aromas and full-bodied fruit. Light aging in French and American oak creates a well rounded palate and savory undertones of clove, green peppercorn and toasted bread.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: DOCa Rioja
  • Vintage Report

    • In 2016, good climate conditions contributed to very healthy vines, but the lack of rainfall from May, combined with high summer temperatures, slowed down fruit maturation. However, rainfall in late August gave the vineyard some respite and allowed for satisfactory grape maturity, and the 2016 harvest took place on the usual dates.

    • Harvest Date(s): Hand harvested during October
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures
    • Maceration: 15 days
    • Barrel Aging: 12 months in French and American oak, partially new
    • Bottle Aging: 12 months minimum aging in bottle before release
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Tempranillo, predominately from Rioja Alavesa
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 5.1 g/L
    • p H: 3.57
    • RS: 0.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Dark cherry red color, very opaque. Intense and fragrant, with exquisite fruit (raspberry jam) and spicy (green peppercorn) aromas, and a pleasant note reminiscent of toasted bread. Warm on the palate, with velvety, juicy tannins well rounded by oak aging.

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  • Familia Torres Altos Ibéricos Crianza, DOC Rioja – 2016 – James Suckling – 92 Points

    Purity of fruit in this red, from plums and red berries to ripe strawberries. It’s full-bodied with firm, tight tannins that are polished and soft. Lovely tension and focus. Extremely well done. Try after 2020, but hard to resist now.

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