Rioja is another one of those grape varietals that we really enjoy. Big, bold and oaky, this wine is sure to please folks looking for that big bold red wine. Red and black fruit aromas meet you in the glass with soft, vanilla smoky nuances and slight hints of the maceration. In the mouth it is powerful and tasty with its blackberry, plum, dark cherries and oaky character. The perfect balance between bold fruit and fine toasty flavors.
Owned by Florentino Martínez Monje, Luberri is located in Elciego in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. Florentino farms 35 hectares of old vines located principally between the villages of Elciego and Laguardia.
A farmer at heart, Florentino was the original winemaker at Artadi before establishing his own winery in 1992. He made a name for himself and his estate by resurrecting the traditional style of semi-carbonic maceration of Rioja wine of Rioja. Florentino is very hands-on at the winery, participating on all aspects of production, but his true love is working in the vineyards. All the plots are farmed with minimal treatment of the soils and vines. Individual vineyard sites are fermented and vinified separately. By keeping yields low (around 34 to 45 hectoliters per hectare) Florentino extracts grapes with great concentration and flavor.
Winery/Producer: Luberri - Florentino Martínez Monje
Grape(s): 100% Tempranillo
Style: Red, dry
Origin: Elciego, Rioja, Spain
Vinification: Sustainable farming practices. The grapes are hand harvested, then the grape clusters are put into stainless steel tanks whole, without crushing or destemming, with the beginning of fermentation being intracellular. The grapes are then pressed, and the skins are macerated using a semi-carbonic maceration process while it finishes stainless steel vats then aged six months in American oak barrels. Vegan friendly.
Aging: Aged six months in American oak barrels.
% ABV: 14.5%