Denominacion de Origen
San Vicente de la Sonsierra
Estate owned and vineyards leased on long term contracts in the villages of San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Abalos, sandwiched between the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range and the Ebro River.
Sustainable dry farmed viticulture. Vineyards trained as spur-pruned goblet vines as well as high density trellises. Manual work and harvest, with no mechanization whatsoever.
Calcareous clay soils that are typical to the Sonsierra Riojana. Limestone rich clay soils that are sandwiched between large slabs of lime-sandstone mother rock.
Continental with heavy Atlantic influences that are moderated by the Sierra Cantabria.
The grapes undergo rigorous manual sorting before destemming. 100% of the clusters are destemmed, but not crushed. Whole intact berries are transferred to stainless steel tanks that are filled with Carbon Dioxide allowing fermentation to begin intracellularly. Carbonic maceration lasts 8 days. The grapes, mostly still whole, are gently pressed to finish fermentation in stainless steel.
2 months in stainless steel to settle prior to bottling. Early release to market.
The Ramirez de la Piscina family of San Vicente have been farming grapes in this historic village since the 13th century. Their family name is shared with the hermitage of Santa María de la Piscina, a 12th century Romanesque hermitage, a historic landmark site that is engraved with the Ramirez family crest, speaking to the family's long history in Rioja. Today, they produce small quantities of extremely classical Rioja wines from estate and long-term contracted vineyards in San Vicente and Abalos, two of the most important villages in the Sonsierra Riojana, a geographic "triangle" of quality between San Vicente, Abalos, and Labastida. The Maceración Carbonica is a traditional style of wine made in Rioja, most of which is consumed in local bars. Unlike the classic Rioja aged classified wines, this Maceración Carbonica focuses on expressing the Tempranillo grape planted in one of the important towns of Rioja.