Initially started as the dream of one man, Don Felipe Ugalde in 1882, this winery has seen ongoing growth and development over the years. Don’s aim was simple, to be one of the countries most prestigious Bodega’s. Although his winery passed down the family line, it was through marriage that it became united with Bodegas Muerza, hence losing its identity. Today it is owned by the group Principe de Viana (who acquired it in 1983). This saw investment in new equipment, staff and in 2001 a new winery, 10km outside Logrono, complete with an underground ageing cellar. The new cellars incorporated modern equipment such as self-weighing hoppers, pneumatic presses and self-emptying stainless steel vats. This level of development has allowed not only the fruit from their own vineyards to be processed but also that of surrounding contract growers. Hence the winery has been able to produce this range of great value for money wines.
This is where we begin to see more complexity of flavour. The nose has aromas of freshly picked berry fruits with a lovely hint of sweet vanilla. The palate is more intense in flavour with plum, blackcurrant leaf and tobacco aromas. Great balance and wonderful length on the finish.
Delicious with a rack of lamb with a rosemary and manchego crust, roasted sweet potato and green beans.
Bronze – Sommelier Wine Awards, 2016: Team leader Angela Reddin was charmed by this 'lovely, true Rioja', noting: 'Rusty nail oxidative style. Great weight of fruit in a rustic fashion, low-key spice and a generous, lively finish.' Top 10 Best Wines - Rioja 10 x 10 Awards, 2019. 90 points: Decanter Wine Awards.