Altos de Corral Rioja Crianza 2017

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Description

One of the best views we’ve experienced from a vineyard and one of the best Rioja Crianzas you’ll ever try.

The single vineyard Altos de Corral is a flat, table-top hill just outside Navarrete in Rioja Alta. The 600m elevation gives spectacular 360 degree views over the vast valleys of Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja to the west and east respectively, and the rocky ridges of Rioja Alavesa to the north.

The 10 hill-top hectares are planted out with Tempranillo, the vineyard floor characterised by an iron rich red soil and large limestone rocks. This Crianza gets 12 months in new French oak barrels, followed by a minimum 12 months’ maturation in bottle.

Dark purple in hue, there’s high fruit ripeness on the nose, plum, black cherry and sloe aromas with distinct new oak influences of cedar, beeswax, vanilla and aniseed. The palate is dense and structured with attractive dark fruit and liquorice notes, a fine freshness to the mid-palate, silky smooth with a long supple finish, peppered with savoury spice notes.

  • Rich, silky, complex
  • 750ml
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2027
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Producer: Bodegas Corral (Don Jacobo)

Bodegas Corral was established in 1898 and remains in the Corral family hands to this day. The Don Jacobo brand that adorns most of winery's labels is named after the pilgrimage Way of St. James, or Camino de Santiago, with Corral the only winery in Rioja to sit right on the world heritage route.

Corral were early adopters to organic growing and, despite their modest size compared to some of the huge commercial producers in the region, have one of the largest holdings of organic vineyards in Rioja. By 2023 the entire vineyard holdings will be certified organic and all wines are already vegan certified. The philosophy is to sacrifice volume for quality and environmental harmony, to future proof the winery and vineyards, and make sure that the next generation of the family inherit something very special.

Vineyard plantings include indigenous varietals Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Viura, with increasing focus on rarer varietals such as Tempranillo Blanco, Graciano, Maturana Tinta and Blanco, and Garnacha Blanca.

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