Montecillo Crianza is a classic Rioja, complex and balanced -perfect for enjoying on any occasion.
CRAFTING & AGEING
The Tempranillo grapes come from vineyards in the Rioja Alta, very close to the winery. The Garnacha comes from vineyards in Alcanadre, Rioja Oriental, with the tannic potential needed to sustain time in oak without losing the fresh fruit. Vatting of the Tempranillo in a Ganímede tank and cold maceration over 2 to 3 days.
Alcoholic fermentation at 24º to respect the fruit, extracting colour and aroma, as well as ripe, smooth tannins. Malolactic fermentation in small underground cement tanks. The Garnacha fermented in small stainless steel tanks, with temperature control and continuous pumping-over.
Ageing in semi-new American oak barrels, 18 months in the case of the Tempranillo and 14 months for the Garnacha. In the case of the latter variety, the cask bottoms are untoasted to increase the fruit; whereas for the Tempranillo, the bases are lightly or medium toasted to achieve greater complexity. Once it has completed the ageing process, decisive tastings are carried out to determine the final blend. After bottling, it will spend at least six months in complete tranquillity, rounding itself off in our underground cellars, at a constant temperature and humidity in absolute darkness.
91 points · DECANTER (a. 2016).
91 points · James Suckling (a. 2015).
90 puntos #1 TOP 100 BEST BUY · Wine Enthusiast (a. 2016).
Gold Medal · Mundus Vini (a. 2016).
Gold Medal · Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (a. 2015).
Look: Surprising intensity, a cherry red colour with a still bluish rim.
Aroma & palate: It is explosive on the nose, rich and lively with drive.
Cooked red fruit dominates with a slight hint of blackberry. The oak appears after aeration, showing sweet notes and a seductive finish with notes of patisserie intertwined with the fruit. On the palate it is broad, round and very characteristic of the variety, with notes of ripe red fruit. Full of flavour. Multiple nuances appear on its journey through the palate, with balanced, powerful tannins that all the mouth, bringing pleasure, and giving it a long, silky aftertaste.
Exquisite acidity in combination with the tannins and juiciness that appears once again on the finish.
SERVING & FOOD PAIRING
Goes surprisingly well with tapas as well as expressing itself perfectly alongside more substantial meals, such as pulse-based stews, lean meats, charcuterie and homemade stews.
Serving temperature:: 18ºC.