deAlto El Primero Rioja 2020
An unashamedly contemporary style of rioja that relies not on oak or age but on quality of fruit and a subtle, nuanced approach to winemaking.
The fruit is vibrant, lifted and energetic -there are hints of woodspice, wild cherry and thyme. The palate is succulent, juicy, multilayered but vibrant and textural. Savoury elements, hints of warm spice, liquorice and dark cherry fill the mouth, leading through to a clean, satisfying finish.
El Primero is sourced from from 50 year old vines across 3 different parcels of fruit: Quiñones is old low trellised garnacha close to the town of Aldeanueva; Juan Bueno is old bush vine tempranillo on an elevated site close to Azagra; the final parcel being younger garnacha fruit from close to San Adrian.
Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans
Press & Reviews for 2019:
90 points - The Real Review (Stuart Knox)
'Deep ruby colour. Black cherry, dusty earth and vanillin aromas. Medium to full palate with intense dark fruits and herbal notes. Oak is a little obvious right now but not ponderously so. A hint of acidity gives a pleasing freshness and flows into a drying finish that carries reasonable length.'
90 points - The Wine Front (Gary Walsh)
'80% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo from 50 year old vines. Cherry, red berries, thyme, pine and dried mint, nutty too, with some toasted coconut and spice. Good flavour, all berries and wild herb, loose knit chamois-like tannin, some vanilla too, and a toasty and fresh finish of good length.'
Grape Variety: 75% Garnacha, 25% Tempranillo