About This Wine...
About Bodegas Montebuena
For almost half a century, Bodegas Montebuena has been putting its extensive knowledge and experience into making quality wines. The winery continues this tradition, while also staying on top of the latest advances in vinification. Established in 1964 by a group of local vine growers, Montebuena was named after one of the best plots in Rioja Alavesa, located on the south east of the village of Labastida. The 540 hectares of own vineyards are planted with vines which are over 25 years old. The size and quality of these plots make Montebuena one of the largest wineries in Rioja to enjoy complete control over their production from the vine to the bottle. Nestled between the Sierra Cantabria mountains and the river Ebro, the climatic conditions of the winery’s surroundings are unique in Rioja, offering their vine growers the best conditions for cultivating high-quality grapes.
Colour: An intensely layered centre with mauve tones near the edge. Lively, clean and layered.
Nose: Clean aromas characteristic of young Tempranillo; aromas of wild fruits (blackberries, raspberries and sloes). Floral notes and a slight nuttiness on the finish.
Palate: Shows a certain amount of character on the attack, although its acidity is offset by the warm, liqueur-like feel. On the finish, it is pleasant and a little treacly, and at the very end slightly satiny. The varietal character is noticeable once more on the palate, with hints liquorice and dairy products on the aftertaste.
Food Matches: Recommended with most types of Spanish tapas, pasta and meat dishes.
Ageing took place in barrels made from American and French oak, which were mildly toasted so as not to alter the original character and to prolong the ageing process. The wine was racked at six months, removed from the barrels at 12 and then clarified with a minimum of egg white. It was then decanted for 25 days and bottled directly without any type of filtration.