Albina Essencia

Reserva

QDO Rioja

2011

Gran Albina Reserva

200,00 €

Grape varieties

Tempranillo y Graciano.

Elaboration

The grapes were harvested in boxes of 15 kilos, collected first thing in the morning to avoid high temperatures and reduce waiting times before going to the winery. The bunches were carefully selected as they arrived at the winery on a sorting table that allowed us to choose not only the best bunches but also the best individual grapes. 

Fermentation was carried out in conical-bodied tanks “without planting” any commercial yeasts, in a quest to capture the typical character of the selected plots during the fermentation process, undertaken naturally with native yeasts. 

Once the alcohol fermentation was over, the wine was macerated with the skins on for 25 days in order to achieve greater bouquet and chromatic complexity. MLF was carried out in new lightly toasted American oak barrels. 

Aging

85% of the barrels used to age this wine were made of new American oak whose wood had been dried for 4 years to reduce the amount of green tannins. The remaining 15% were very fine-grained, lightly dry-toasted French oak barrels. During the aging process, one of the main targets was to conserve the greatest amount of fruit. Every six months the barrels were racked, leaving the same wine in the barrel. 

At the same time, our technical department took frequent tastings form the barrels to assess whether or not the aging process was complete. For that reason, aging times range between 18 months in the case of the French oak barrels and 24 months for the American oak barrels. 

Tasting notes

Intense cherry red color with hues of terracotta. Very good, clean and shiny coat. A powerful bouquet of red berries harmonized with prune-type fruit. The aromas from the barrel, such as vanilla, chocolate, licorice and spices, stand out most prominently. Great structure and powerful entry with good acidity, elegant and well balanced. Lengthy persistence on the palate with hints of the bouquets on the nose, mainly licorice, chocolate and vanilla. 

 
Designation of origin

QDO Rioja

Type of wine

Reserva

Year

2011

Brand

Albina

Color

Red

Pairing

Rice and pasta, Poultry, Stews, Hotpots, Meat

Occasion

Company meals, In couple, Meal with friends, Family event

Place

Home, Traditional restaurant

Style

Modern/Innovative, Elegant, Bold

Format

75 cl.

Recommended

YES

Novelty

YES

Elaboración

Vendimia tardía