A Rioja crianza wine with the particular features of the terroir of Aldeanueva de Ebro and the touch of the Real Rubio winery. The graciano grape combined with the classic tempranillo give a wine with lively colours and solid acidity. On the nose, the French and American oak mingles with the red berries and vanilla. Potent in the mouth, long on the palate with pleasant, ripe tannin which completes the harmony of the wine.
The story of Viñedos Real Rubio began over one hundred years ago at the hands of the great grandparents of the owners, who began grape growing in the area around Monte Yerga, cultivating vines at a height of between 400 and 500 metres. Family determination over three generations has led to the creation of Viñedos Real Rubio and a family flare for making interesting wine will secure its ongoing future.
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|Grape Variety||Tempranillo 80%, Graciano 20%|
|Food Pairing||Ideal with charcuterie, cheeses or tapas. Also with substantial dishes, stews, red meat, blue fish.|
|Producer||Viñedos Real Rubio|
|Terroir/Vines||26 hectares of organic wineyards for Verdejo, Graciano, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Muscutel|
|Harvest||Harvested at the beginning of October. Selection of some low yielding vines to create a wine to lay down. Grapes totally destemmed and controlled fermentation at 25ºC.|
|Winemaking||18 months cask ageing, of which 12 were in French oak and 6 months in American oak, to complete the polishing of the wine.|
|Ageing Potential||Drinking now|
"Good colour in the glass-robust for Rioja. The nose is modern; built on the choice of barrels, more American than French for 18 months causes nose richness and sweetness. Lots of chocolate which encourages drinkers, made from long hang time grapes ripening to the last drop of sugar, and therefore pumped up in flavour.
The palate does not let you down. This is Rioja on the fuller bodied side, some subtlety and good savoury notes tangled up with a good dose of grippy tannins, makes for the richer style. This is crianza exuberant in fruit and made for those early drink windows, meaning now. The 80% tempranillo plus 20% graciano to soften and sweeten, plays a good tune on the tongue. Absolutely great value to drink while the lamb shoulder roasts slowly. Hipster drink."
Peter Scudamore-Smith, MW, May 2014