Teso La Monja

Alabaster

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Toro

Location

Valdefinjas and Toro.

Varietal

100% Tinta de Toro

Vineyards

Proprietary pre-phylloxeric vineyards located in Valmediano, La Jara, and Marinacea.

Year(s) Planted

Before 1915.

Viticulture

Head trained, ungrafted, pre-phylloxeric vines. Environmentally integrated agriculture. Employing viticulture that respects the biorhythms of the plant and vineyard. Organic soil amendments. Exclusively manual harvest with a rigorous selection of hand harvested grapes in the vineyard.

Soils

Predominantly sandy clay soils with a limestone subsoil. The surface is intermixed with rounded stones that retain heat and radiate during the cool nights, helping the grapes achieve full ripeness.

Climate

Continental steppe climate, with drastic temperature swings between day and night. The climate is also very dry – annual rainfall levels reach 350 liters/m2, less than half of Rioja and much less than Ribera del Duero.

Winemaking

Traditional method. The grapes are destemmed by hand and sorted berry by berry. Temperature controlled fermentation in open French oak deposits with selected indigenous yeast. Traditional foot press. Total maceration is 21 days. Malolactic fermentation in new French oak Bordelaise barrels.

Aging

18 months in new Bordelaise French oak barrels.

Comments

Alabaster is the Eguren family’s representation of the elegance that can be achieved in wines made from the oldest Tinta de Toro vineyards. Profound balance, silky texture, and maximum expression of terroir.