Vina Santurnia Gran Reserva (750ml)
Bodegas Ramon de Ayala is the producer of Vina Saturnia located in the town of Brinas, in Rioja Alta. The estate dates back to the 1950’s and has been family operated for 5 generations. The winery has 30 hectares of vineyards in Rioja Alta and Alavesa with some vines dating back to 1920s and most of the vineyards being 30 to 40 years old. The autumn and winter experiences cold temperatures with snow and some rain, while the summers are hot and nights cool off which is beneficial for producing quality wines with ripe enough fruit and fresh acidity. The soils are calcareous-clay with gravel. In 1985 the winery was renovated and updated and boasts an impressive underground cellar. They practice organic viticulture and only spray sulfur when needed.
The grapes are hand harvested, fermentation on the skins for 8 days. 24 months ageing in 225 litre oak barrels, 80% American oak and 20% French oak. Mature red fruit aromas, fresh coconut, vanilla, spice and toasty notes from extended barrel ageing. There is an underlying mineral quality. The ample palate has a velvety texture with layers of ripe red and dried fruit, toast, vanilla and spice on the finish.