La Tercera Reserva<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?A textbook example of what Rioja is all about. it blends the three subzones of Rioja (Alta, Alavesa and Baja). it also blends the most important red grapes of Rioja (Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano). La Tercera is a selection of the best barrels of these three grapes from these three unique subzones. La Tercera is a classic Rioja that is aged for a total of 3 years!
RATING HISTORY:2010 93RP
GRAPE:90% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha, 5% Graciano. Vines tended in limestone, chalk, clay and river stone soil at 568 m (1,865 ft) elevation.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Partridge, quail, duck, stewed pork, cured meats, cured cheeses, roasts and game.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Fermented for 28 days in stainless steel tanks. La Tercera is aged for a total of 3 years, out of which 30 months are in barrel and 6 months in the bottle before release.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The vineyards are located within Spain's most prestigious wine region, La Rioja (zone 3 and 4) Its climate, which has both Atlantic and Mediterranean influences, and its variety of soil make this D.O. unique and special. The average temperature from April to October is 61°F and the average annual rainfall is 18.3 inches. The vines are tended in limestone, chalk, clay and river stone soil at 568 m (1,865) elevation through sustainable viticulture.
TASTING NOTES:Spicy cherry, blackcurrant, lavender and pipe tobacco on the highly perfumed nose. Sharply focused and juicy, offering lively dark berry flavors and notes of candied flowers and bitter chocolate. Sappy and linear on the incisive finish, which is firmed by dusty, fine-grained tannins and a kick of tangy acidity. I suspect that this wine will age gracefully on its bright acidity and balance.
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