Altos Ibéricos was Familia Torres first endeavor in the Rioja region. This light, elegant and modern interpretation presents the essence of Tempranillo in all its beauty. The Crianza offers a bright and contemporary red with smooth juicy tannin, elevated aromas and full-bodied fruit. Light aging in French and American oak creates a well rounded palate and savory undertones of clove, green peppercorn and toasted bread.
2016 VINTAGE NOTES: In 2016, good climate conditions contributed to very healthy vines, but the lack of rainfall from May, combined with high summer temperatures, slowed down fruit maturation. However, rainfall in late August gave the vineyard some respite and allowed for satisfactory grape maturity, and the 2016 harvest took place on the usual dates. VINEYARDS: Varietal Composition: 100% Tempranillo, predominately from Rioja Alavesa
TASTING NOTES: Dark cherry red in color, very opaque. Intense and fragrant, with exquisite raspberry jam
and spicy green peppercorn aromas, as well as a pleasant note reminiscent of toasted bread.
Warm on the palate, with velvety, juicy tannins well rounded by oak aging.
Varietal Composition: 100% Tempranillo, predominately from Rioja Alavesa
Appellation: DOCa Rioja
Harvest Date: Hand harvested in October
Fermentation: In stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures
Winemaking: 15 days maceration
Aging: 12 months in French and American oak, partially new, followed by
12 months minimum aging in bottle before release
Total Acidity: 5.1 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.5 g/L
Purity of fruit in this red, from plums and red berries to ripe strawberries. It’s full-bodied with firm, tight tannins that are polished and soft. Lovely tension and focus. Extremely well done. Try after 2020, but hard to resist now.
James Suckling, September 2020
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