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Altanza Club Lealtanza Reserva Tempranillo 2005

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95 Pts. Robert Parker

p1 Pts. Stephen Tanzer

Grape Variety: 100% Tempranillo
Tasting NotesColour is an intense garnet red. Concentrated bouquet. Deep and elegant aromas with hints of dark fruit. Very fine aromas from its ageing in high quality Allier French oak. It is elegant with good body and lively tannins. Very expressive on the palate with significant ageing potential. Pairs well with rich meals and stronger meats. It pairs with anything that has dried fruits or spices like vanilla, cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg. It is also perfect with any cheese and even goes well with salmon.

Vineyard: Fuenmayor – Rioja Alta, Spain. 
Age of the Vineyard: 30 – 40 years average.
Time of Harvest: Second half of October.
Altitude: 350 metres above sea level

Harvest Method: Handpicked grapes.
WinemakingFermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28°C. Alcoholic fermentation lasts approximately 15 days, plus 20 days maceration. Malolactic fermentation lasts for around 30 days. The wine is then aged for 18 months in French oak casks, followed by a minumum of 24 months in the bottle.
WinemakersOscar Martínez and Carlos Ferreiro 

Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Volume: 750 ml
Residual sugars: 1.6 gr/litre
Standard Drinks: 8.0
Peak drinking: From now and over the next 7-9 years
Best Served: 14°-16°C
Ageing: 18 months in French oak casks and 24 months minimum in the bottle.