The 2017 vintage had some difficult weather to cope with which drastically reduced the yield across the region. But the small yield were grapes of exceptional quality. The Gran Reserva is sourced from 40-year-old Tempranillo vines in Rioja Alta, with Mazuelo grown in the famed Viña Lanciano vineyard adding extra depth. The 2017 Gran Dominio, crafted from the best of Rioja Alta's Tempranillo and Mazuelo, underwent meticulous ageing in French and American oak (from Ohio) barrels. This process gives the wine a complex blend of fruit, vanilla, and spice notes, while years of bottle ageing allowed the flavours to integrate, resulting in a wine that is both rich and elegantly structured.
María Barúa, a Rioja native, brings her extensive scientific and local knowledge to this wine; predominantly Tempranillo grape with a touch of Mazuelo. María is an oak ageing expert and a lot of work goes into matching each wine with the perfect barrel, just as individual grape varieties are matched to specific plots within the bodega's vineyards.
This Reserva pairs superbly with robust meat dishes, enhancing flavours with its structured tannins and depth.
Rioja Reserva wines are known for their refined complexity, aged a minimum of three years with at least one in oak, offering a balance of fruit, spice, and smooth tannins.
Rioja Alta’s high-altitude terraced vineyards and varied clay and limestone terroir, have a distinct Atlantic microclimate. It is known for traditional winemaking, favouring Tempranillo, yielding elegant and age-worthy wines. The wines are known for their depth, nuanced flavours, and balance, reflecting a perfect blend of heritage, terroir, and craftsmanship in winemaking.
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