Deep, dark fruit flavours combined with ample acidity, minerality and earthy notes. It has a fine structure and natural grape tannins to give good length and weight.
Raquel, Ruben and Maria Prez Cuevas are part of the 3rd generation of the Cuevas family to make wine in Rioja Baja. Their father, Gabriel, inherited parcels of vineyards just outside the town of Quel on the higher slopes of the Sierra de Yerga mountain range. He was determined to produce wine that embodied the region, where he believed some of the highest quality wines from Rioja are made, and soon acquired more vineyard in the area.
In the Vineyard
Reservas are only produced in years of exceptional quality - and from the most select vineyards. The Tempranillo is sourced from La Pasada, and the Graciano from La Montesa vineyard.
In the Winery
After a long maceration the wine spends 12 months in 60% American and 40% French oak (both used and new), followed by 24 months in bottle.
2004 vintage: "...offers spicy dark cherries and black currant on the nose. The palate is very supple with creamy new oak ....Drink now - 2017. 88 points." The Wine Advocate, Issue 202, 31st August 2012
2004 Vintage: "This energetic red shows cranberry, liquorice and cedar flavours carried across the palate by racy acidity, weaving spice, tobacco and leafy notes over light, firm tannins. Drink now through 2016. 91 points." Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, 31st August 2012
Grapes: Tempranillo 95%, Graciano 5%