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Castillo de Epifanía Rioja Alta Reserva 2017

Castillo de Epifanía Rioja Alta Reserva 2017

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  • Rioja - Spain
  • 2017 - Tempranillo
  • 14.5 % Alc - 750 ml

In Spain’s fine wine capital of Rioja, the land rises to a soaring mountain range in the northwest. This ‘shelf’ is Rioja Alta, home to “most of the region’s top producers” (World Atlas of Wine). For centuries, winemakers have sought its elevation to grow Tempranillo with intense fruit flavors and an unmatched lift of freshness.

Then why have so many fans never heard of ‘Rioja Alta?’

Most of the premium fruit of Rioja Alta is used to ‘class up’ blends from the big brands. Plus, only estates from two specific villages are permitted to add ‘Rioja Alta’ to their labels. One is the family winery of Juan-Antonio Leza, who brought global fame to the Goméz Cruzado estate.

His gorgeously complex Reserva is named after its single vineyard origin, a parcel of land once tended by monks and whose chapel displays Renaissance painting The Altarpiece of the Epiphany. Crafted with hand-harvested Tempranillo and aged in fine oak barrels, it debuted to a gold medal from Gilbert & Gaillard judges. They raved, “Ripe black fruits with touches of forest floor and mushrooms on the nose. Vibrant, powerful and velvety attack. A pleasant, satisfying wine.” The 2017 release is tasting just as good and has a silver medal from the International Wine & Spirit Competition to show for it.

Especially satisfying when served with tapas or roasted lamb. Take the step up to Rioja Alta and order your share today.

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