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 providing 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 so that it has been able to produce this range of great value for money wines.
Impressive, deep dark red colour with violet hues. Rich and complex bouquet revealing terroir-driven balsamic and spicy varietal character. Full bodied, with a subtle underlying mineral character on the palate. An expressive and well-structured wine, with a long, persistent finish.
Chorizo and lentil stew with Morcilla (Spanish blood sausage), Or, put together a mixed cheese board of hard or semi-hard cheeses such as Cheddar, Manchego, Parmesan or Port Salut, and see for yourself the nearly endless flavour combinations.
19 year old Graciano vines planted on clay loam soils. The Tempranillo vines are from two plots in the Imaz area, one 18 years old the other 28 years old, planted on clay and limestone soils. Fermentation lasts 8 days, with controlled temperatures never exceeding 29°C, followed by a further 10 days maceration in contact with skins. 24 months subsequent ageing in both French and American oak barrels, and a further 9 months cellaring in bottle before release.
Decanter Awards, 2019: 93/100 points. Wines From Spain Awards, 2019. The Independent, December 2019: "10 Reds Perfect for Christmas Drinking". Decanter World Wine Awards, 2020: 93/100points. Rioja Masters 2020, Gold Medal. Tim Atkin, 91 points, February 2021.