Tradition and innovation meet in this Spanish red wine from La Rioja crafted by Bodegas Altanza. Lealtanza Reserva is a varietal Tempranillo coming from more than 50-year-old vines planted in different locations in the Rioja Alta region.
Following a philosophy of minimum intervention, the grapes were handpicked and manually selected. Fermentation and maceration took place in stainless steel tanks, where the wine must remained in contact the grape skins in order to extract colour, tannin and aromatic compounds.
The wine was then transferred into French oak barrels. There, it completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for over a period of 18 months. After that, Lealtanza Reserva 2012 spent a further period of 2 months in big wooden vats.
Finally, the wine was bottled and aged for another 12 months in the cellar prior to its commercial release onto the market.
This exquisite Rioja red wine will drink beautifully over the next 5-7 years. Decant 30 minutes before drinking.
The wine Lealtanza Reserva has an intense, bright, medium cherry-coloured robe with a reddish rim.
Elegance is the word here. This varietal Tempranillo produced by Bodegas Altanza shows fine notes of Moroccan leather, Havanna cigars, damp earth and underbush, along with notes of menthol and balsam. An underlying layer of fresh red berries and liquor-infused black fruit.
Right now, this reserve red wine from La Rioja is reaching its peak, showing a very good balance between the fruit and the oak. Wild berries, sweet spices, sesame seeds, liquorice and a dash of cinnamon. Lively acidity, ripe tannins and long, creamy-toasted finish.
|Our personal opinion||
A flawless Rioja, Lealtanza Reserva 2012 is a great match to hearty dishes.
Lealtanza Reserva 2011:
Enterwine 91. "Top 100 Best of Spain" - Prowein. Gold Medal - Mundus Vini / Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.
Lealtanza Reserva 2010:
Peñín 90. Enterwine 92.
Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles / Tempranillos al Mundo Contest / Berliner Wine Trophy 2016.
Lealtanza Reserva 2008:
Parker 90 and Peñín 89.
Lealtanza Reserva 2007:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||20 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Other guides||James Suckling: 92 puntos. Guía de Vinos ABC 2017: 93 puntos.|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Birds, bluefish, Civet, Cold meats, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Stews, Vegetables, White meat with gravy|
|Taste||Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
A round, pleasant wine, typical Rioja. Good buy. You can't go wrong with this wine.