The color is bright cherry red. The aroma combines sweet hints of spice from the oak with the ripe fruit of the grapes. The flavor in the mouth is at first warm, gaining in body and strength and long persistence. Perhaps the 1993 vintage has a touch more acidity than some recent ones.
Our Ardanza vineyard is of some 50 hectares at Fuenmayor and planted with Tempranillo. It was from there and surrounding areas that the Tempranillo grapes for this wine were sourced. The Garnacha came from the Rioja Baja.
Once the first and malolactic fermentation had been completed, the wine was put into casks in July 1994 where it spent three and a half years, being hand racked every six months. It was bottled in January 1998 and should be drinking beautifully now.
Alcohol: 13% by volume