2020 Rosario Vera ‘Amona’ Tempranillo, Rioja Alavesa, Spain (750ml)

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Comprised of ten artisanal wineries from across Spain’s major wine regions, Gil Family Estates takes a small-production approach to winegrowing, focusing on organic farming and native varietals. Each wine is distinctive, reflecting the soil type and climate of its respective region, as well as the unique touch of the winemaker.

Rosario Vera is Gil Family Estates' newest winery. Founded in 2016 it is named after the Vera family matriarch and co-founder of the label. The winery is located in the town of Laguardia, with vineyards in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa (the two northernmost sub-regions of the Rioja DOC), close to the Sierra Cantabria mountain range. The temperate climate, terroir (clay-rich limestone soils), and high altitude, make it the perfect place to grow Tempranillo. The vineyards are clustered in small plots and were planted between 15 and 60 years ago.

2020 is the inaugural release of Amona—Basque for Grandma—and was crafted in honor of their grandmother. The label shows a protection amulet symbolizing their grandmother, nine branches representing her nine children, and leaves that represent each of the grandchildren. Made from 100% organically farmed Tempranillo. The grapes were hand-harvested and underwent traditional vinification, with 15% carbonic maceration in stainless steel. The resulting wine was finished in French oak.

Garnet robe. Aromas of stewed and fresh bramble fruit. The medium palate is fresh and fruit forward, with flavors of fresh blackberries and red plum skin. Smooth texture with a kiss of oak on the juicy finish.

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