In a nutshell: An excellent and inexpensive organic Rioja made along traditional lines.
The lowdown: This comes from a high altitude estate near Alfaro where the mature vines sit in poor, stony soils that have been converred to organic production. 50% of the blend spends 3 months in French oak, which lends it a subtle roundness in the classical style of Rioja. It's full of vibrant plum and black cherry flavours and aromas which are enveloped by a striking mulberry character. The palate itself is complex with juicy bramble fruit, black pepper and satisfying savoury character.
When to drink: If you like your Rioja in the classical style this is one for you. It's good with red meats, casseroles and mature hard cheeses.
The Pérez Cuevas family has been connected to the vineyard for more than 80 years. Even then, they made it in their hermitage-type winery in the Quel Bodegas neighbourhood, following a tradition of more than 300 years.
Over time, they felt the need to share their Cult of Wine with the rest of the world. They founded Ontañón - Temple of Wine in Logroño, a unique winery where our wines ripen watched by gods and mythological heroes in the form of massive sculptures, stained glass and paintings.