Bodegas Martinez Corta Cepas Antiguas Tinto 2016
Bodegas Martínez Corta is located in Uruñuela, in the heart of Rioja Alta. Viticulturalists for generations, the decision was made over fifty years ago to produce quality wines. Since the 1960s Martínez Corta has consistently been the most important wine estate in Uruñuela, elaborating in a medieval cellar that has remained a part of the estate.
The estate includes 225 acres of old-vine Tempranillo, located in Uruñuela, Cenicero and San Asensio, all head-pruned and with a minimum age of 40 years. Vineyard parcels are typically located on high slopes poor in organic materials, maintaining elegance and minerality in the wines.
A gravity-flow bodega was designed to produce fully extracted, fruit-driven wines expressing the complexity and velvet palate of the noble Tempranillo variety. Martínez Corta ‘Cepas Antiguas’ is a remarkable value from old-vines with little or no oak influence.
Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.
Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.