A Blend of two Vineyards - vineyards are divided into lots that are harvested at different times: Agrelo 3,117 ft (950 m) elevation: alluvial origin. Clay topsoil with rounded rocks on the bottom. Villa Bastías 3,675 ft (1,120 m) elevation: aluvial origin. Silt loamy soil with limestone on the bottom.
Dry weather (precipitations 20-60% lower than usual), small berries and slightly lower yields; cooler temperatures overall. The 2019 harvest happened about 1-3 weeks earlier than usual, and the grapes were in pristine condition with not a drop of botrytis or downy mildew. We were concerned that there would be problems with frost, because of the dry spring, but a constant evening breeze made frosts rare this year. And outside of Agrelo, there were no significant hail storms. We expected the harvest to be larger than usual, but the combination of dry weather and cool climate resulted in yields slightly lower than the norm.
This wine goes through an extensive cold maceration for 5 days at 48ºF (8,8ºC) to extract aromas. The juice is then fermented for 15 days with a post-fermentation maceration of 19-23 days. Wild Yeasts.
12 months in barrel. Barrel selection varies depending on vineyard and vintage -First, second and third use barrels used.