We were looking for the perfect place to make a great wine in Ribera del Duero. With patience and enthusiasm we found the ideal location in the area of Anguix, Burgos, where we could plant almost 80 hectares of Tinta del País and build an elegant winery fitted with the latest technology and with ample winemaking flexibility. These were the beginnings of a project which has improved the knowledge of the estate one harvest after another, until achieving its goal of making wines with that particular character only found in terroir wines. Each vintage is a faithful reflection of its plot of origin and the special characteristics of our grapes.
Julio Sáenz holds a Pharmacy Degree from the Universdiad de Salamanca, a Masters in Vine-growing and Oenology and a Degree in Oenology from the Universidad de La Rioja, and is a member of the Comité de Cata de los Consejos Reguladores de Rioja y Ribera del Duero since 1998. He contributes regularly to different technical publications and congresses in the sector. Julio Sáenz joined La Rioja Alta, S.A. in 1996 as the head of the Quality Control Department, and also led the group's experimentation programs in recent years. Technical Director of La Rioja Alta, S.A. since 2005, he is also the wine manager for two of the most important initiatives introduced by the Grupo La Rioja Alta S.A.: Viñedos y Bodegas Áster, in the Ribera de Duero and Torre de Oña, in the Rioja Alavesa.
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Michael Skurnik Wines
575 Underhill Blvd., Suite 216
Syosset, NY 11791
Deep, very dark-cherry red with a marked pink rim. Very intense nose, with aromas of raspberries and blueberries that soften the wood aging notes mocha, toffee, roasted coffee and licorice. Good structure in the mouth, with a pleasant acidity and sweet, enveloping tannins that give it a very pleasant mouth feel. Lively aftertaste, with hints of licorice, roasted coffee, and dark fruit.
Deep, dark-cherry red with an intense pink rim. Very powerful aromas, with notes of ripe dark fruit leading the way to balsamic and spicy notes underscored by light toasty toffee and mocha hints. Tasty and powerful in the mouth, with notable structure, good balance between acidity and alcohol, and marked yet round, polished tannins that give it a great mouthfeel. Its long, harmonious finish is marked by minerality and pleasant notes of spices and black liquorice.