Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva 2009
Blend: 5% Garnacha, 5% Graciano, 90% Tempranillo
San Vicente de la Sonsierra is in a privileged situation for winegrowing. A region located under the Toloño mountain range, which shelters it from the cold winds of the Cantabrian Sea and with the river Ebro to the south, providing the moisture needed. This location creates an ideal microclimate for the vineyard. On the one hand, with just enough wind to facilitate the perfect aeration of the vines, and on the other, favoring mild temperatures throughout the year with more rainfall during the winter months. In this region the best old Tempranillo vineyards in Rioja Alta can be found. Cultivated using the goblet system on very poor soils, it greatly reduces their production and increases the quality of the bunches.
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.