In a nutshell:
A superb, intense and fresh Rioja from one of the living legends of Rioja, Abel Mendoza.
Abel Mendoza is one of the legendary vignerons of Rioja who is a fundamental believer in the uniqueness of each plot of land and vintage; that the magic happens in the vineyard, not necessarily the winery. His multiple, small, vineyards are in the finest parts of Rioja Alvesa and this wine, his top Tempranillo Rioja, is made from grapes coming from his oldest vines. It's all about the expression of the fruit, the soil and the vintage. Intense black fruit and perfumed aromas that follow through to the rounded palate with toasty notes. Really well balanced with excellent freshness, refined tannins and a long finish.
When to drink:
A real standout wine made by the vigeron's vigneron. Works well with beef and lamb dishes, and stewed meats.