Altos Ibéricos Reserva, DOCa Rioja — 2012
In 2005, the Torres family decided to open a winery in the town of Labastida, in the very heart of the Rioja Alavesa region. Torres was well aware of the region’s winegrowing potential, which allows for the production of high-quality wines that display remarkable personality and mature beautifully. Altos Ibéricos is named after Alto Otero, the beautiful enclave that is home to the winery.
- Appellation: DOCa Rioja
The year was dry, and the vineyards experienced water stress. Some rainfall during the harvest in September and October diluted sugar levels slightly, but did not affect the fruit, which was picked at a good level of ripeness and in great condition.
- Fermentation: In stainless steel under controlled temperature for approximately 1 week
- Maceration: 15-20 days
- Barrel Aging: 16 months in French oak, partially new
- Bottle Aging: 20 months minimum bottle aging before release
- Varietal Composition: 100% Tempranillo, predominately from Rioja Alavesa
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- TA: 5.1g/L
- p H: 3.66
- RS: 0.8g/L
Familia Torres Altos Ibéricos Reserva, DOCa Rioja — Decanter – 91 Points
Tempranillo grapes for this classic Rioja Reserva are cherry-picked from Torres' best terriors, then aged for 16 months in French oak and a further 20 months in bottle before release. It's drinking beautifully now, showing secondary, savoury characters of leather along with ripe red fruits and sweet oak spice.
Familia Torres Altos Ibéricos Reserva, DOC Rioja – 2012 – James Suckling – 94 Points
Fragrant and suave, this is a very enticing modern style Rioja with great balance of fruit. Elegant tannins give the long finish some real complexity. Delicious now, but could age. – January 2018, James Suckling