Rioja in Central Spain is one of the oldest wine regions in the country. Nearly every business in Rioja is related to the wine industry in some way. Rioja has its own microclimate, as it is nestled in a valley and protected on all sides by mountains. When phylloxera devastated Bordeaux in the 1870’s, many French growers came to Rioja and found remarkably similar growing conditions to those in Bordeaux. Most ultimately returned to Bordeaux when phylloxera struck Rioja in the next decade. However, the innovations they brought from France remained, greatly influencing the winemaking industry in the region. In 1925 Rioja was the first wine region in Spain to be awarded Denomination of Origin status (D.O.). in 1991 it was the first to have Calificada added.
Bodegas Domeco de Jarauta is named after the third-generation owner, Jose Vicente Domeco of Jarauta. The bodega was totally refurbished in 1995 in the style of a French château with a tasting room at its highest point. It overlooks the estate vineyards and is fitted with the latest winemaking equipment and technology.
This wine is 100% Tempranillo made from 65-year-old vines. The grapes were harvested and sorted by hand. Fermentation took place over 24 days in truncated tanks and subsequent ageing in 40% French, 40% Hungarian and 20% American oak.
This classic Rioja has a beautiful garnet robe and a deceptively subtle nose showing soft blackberry fruit, dusty earth and a hint of spice. The complex palate shows boysenberry, black cherry and red currant with a hint of cacao, firm tannins and a beautiful herbal note. A delightful wine, very well balanced, the acid supports a rather long, fruited finish.