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Altanza Lealtanza Crianza 2006

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
  • RP89
13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Aspect:Intense and very clean garnet red.

Nose: Complex and elegant blend of fruits of the variety and its ageing in quality French oak. Not fully evolved; lively, clean and pleasant.

Mouth: Powerful and meaty. Intense, pleasant taste. Firm, well-structured acidity.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Bodegas Altanza's 2006 Lealtanza Crianza is 100% Tempranillo fermented with native yeasts (as are each of these wines) and aged for 12 months in French and American oak. Dark ruby-colored, it displays an enticing nose of cedar, spice box, tobacco, leather, and blackberry. Smooth-textured and elegant on the palate, it has ample savory fruit, good volume, and enough ripe tannin to evolve for 1-2 years. This lengthy effort will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2018.
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Altanza, , Spain
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Oscar Martinez is the third generation of well respected family of winemakers in Rioja. Altanza has 120 Has planted with Tempranillo around Fuenmayor, in the center of Rioja Alta.

Tempranillo is the only varietal planted in the Estate. Yields are low, green pruning and careful selection with no more than 8-10 bunches left in every plant combine to produce an average yield of only 3 lbs per plant, well below the the 6500 kg/Ha limit in Rioja. All grapes are handpicked in small cases and quickly taken to the winery.

Only native yeasts are used. Malolactic is done in large Allier oak vats, partiallyin oak for the wines up to Crianza and completely for the Reservas and Gran Reservas. Aging takes place in new or semi-new French (85%), American (10%) and Russian (5%) oak casks. The large Allier vats are also used to store the wine prior to bottling. The wine is only slightly filtered before being bottled, except the Lealtanza 2001 that sees no filtration.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

EPC16820_2006 Item# 105182

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