Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Altos Ibéricos Crianza, DOCa Rioja — 2019

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: The winery opened in 2005 in the municipality of Labastida, the very heart of Rioja Alavesa, inspired by a keen awareness of the region’s winegrowing potential, which makes it possible to produce high-quality wines with a unique personality and great aging potential.

      WINE: Altos Ibéricos Crianza represents a new take on La Rioja. This light, elegant and modern interpretation presents the essence of Tempranillo in all its beauty. The Crianza offers a bright and contemporary red with smooth juicy tannin, elevated aromas and full-bodied fruit.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Sourced predominantly from Rioja Alavesa, the cooler of Rioja’s subregions, this 100% Tempranillo displays a naturally higher-toned acid without the blending of other varieties. The vines are 60-80 years old on average and some of the oldest in Rioja, providing low yields of concentrated fruit.

    • Appellation: DOCa Rioja
    • Location: Labastida
    • Cultivation: Sustainable, Solar
    • Vine Age: 60-80 years old
  • Vintage Report

    • The harvest started earlier than usual, about 10 to 15 days ahead. Throughout the growth season, temperatures were slightly higher than normal, and there was above-average rainfall, although precipitation levels were typical during critical moments. The grapes were in excellent condition at harvest time due to favorable climate conditions, lighter cluster weight, and lower production per vine, all of which are crucial for ensuring high quality fruit. Rainfall in September and October contributed to the proper development of phenolic and technological maturity. Under these conditions, the three winegrowing areas developed sequentially, allowing for distinct ripening periods without overlapping.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation in stainless steel under controlled temperature. Skin contact for 15 days.

    • Barrel Aging: Aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels. 7% in new barrels
    • Bottle Aging: 12 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Tempranillo
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 5.2 g/L
    • p H: 3.6
    • RS: <0.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • The wine has a dark cherry red color that is very opaque. It has intense and fragrant aromas, with exquisite fruit notes of raspberry jam and spicy hints of green peppercorn. There is also a pleasant note that reminds of toasted bread. On the palate, the wine is warm and has velvety, juicy tannins that are well balanced by the oak aging.



  • Altos Ibéricos Crianza, DOCa Rioja — 2019 – Vinous – 90 Points

    "With a garnet hue, it features blackberry and herb aromas, with subtle cherry notes. Dry and plush on the palate, it leaves a balanced and lingering impression with an expressive final whiff."

  • Altos Ibéricos Crianza, DOCa Rioja – 2019 – James Suckling – 91 Points

    “A bright and juicy Rioja Crianza with some refined oak that adds a discreet creaminess to the vibrant red fruit. Plums, cherries and a hint of tobacco. Medium-bodied, with a juicy palate and a long, creamy finish, featuring bright red berries, cherries and vanilla at the end.”