Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Altos Ibéricos Crianza, DOCa Rioja — 2017

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  • Introduction

    • In 2005, 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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: DOCa Rioja
  • Vintage Report

    • 2017 marked the earliest harvest in the history of Rioja. Frost on April 28 led to a loss of 25% of the total harvest of the DOCa Rioja. The vegetative cycle was characterized by drought and extreme temperatures during the summer. The health of the fruit was excellent, with absence of pests or diseases. By the end of the cycle, the fruit had reached an optimal ripeness and ideal balance between alcohol and phenolic maturation.

    • Harvest Date(s): Second half of September
  • 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
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Tempranillo, predominately from Rioja Alavesa
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 4.9 g/L
    • p H: 3.68
    • RS: <0.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

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