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El Pacto, Rioja 2019

Red Wine from Spain - Rioja
5.000000000 star rating 1 Reviews
A crianza in all but name having been aged for over a year in barrel, this modern style is a creamy, full-bodied and spicy red which is a joy to drink.
Price: £12.50 Bottle
Price: £75.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: SP17211

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Tempranillo
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2024
  • 14% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Cork, natural
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El Pacto, Rioja Video transcript

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This is El Pacto Rioja. Comes from a very forward-thinking bodega who are located in the beautiful village of San Vincente de la Sonsierra. And it is here that young winemaker, Raúl Acha, tends his old tempranillo vines, 70 years old, and it's this combination, this partnership of winemaking and nature that is so well illustrated on the front label and the name El Pacto, meaning the pact between nature and winemaker.

This is a wine that, it's not labelled as a crianza but it really is in all but name a crianza, because the wine is aged for as long as a crianza.

In terms of its flavour, it's deep in colour, it's really expressive, lovely, dark fruit, a hint of spice from the oak. Quite a full-bodied style. It really is a delicious wine. It's organic and it's vegan friendly.

I hope you enjoy it.

Bodega Classica

Bodega Classica is an imposing winery atop a hill in the village of Sonsierra in the sub region of Rioja Alta amid the foothills of the Toloña Mountains, a part of the great Sierra de Cantabria range that does so much to protect the Rioja region from the less desirable Atlantic influences from the north.

At this positively shiny modern facility, built in 2006, all the grapes harvested from their surrounding 70 hectares of vineyards are gravity fed into vats and presses without the need to use intrusive pumps. Even the winery’s situation atop a hill is all part of the plan as it allows for air circulation to play a natural role in the temperature control of the complex and the cellars that are built into the hill below, again for the ease of temperature control that this naturally affords. It is attention to detail in such matters that amply illustrates the desire of Bodega Classica to produce high-quality wines.

Ricardo Arambarri manages the estate under the umbrella of a larger group called Vintae, established by his father, Riojan businessman and wine-lover José Miguel Arambarri Terrero, which operates winemaking projects in six other Spanish regions. They chose the area of Sonsierra for this particular project because they believe that the poor but well drained limestone-clay soils at 500-600 metres altitude up in the foothills provide a perfect terroir for old vine tempranillo, grown on bush-vines and hand-harvested at low yields.

The winemaking is in the classic Rioja...
Bodega Classica is an imposing winery atop a hill in the village of Sonsierra in the sub region of Rioja Alta amid the foothills of the Toloña Mountains, a part of the great Sierra de Cantabria range that does so much to protect the Rioja region from the less desirable Atlantic influences from the north.

At this positively shiny modern facility, built in 2006, all the grapes harvested from their surrounding 70 hectares of vineyards are gravity fed into vats and presses without the need to use intrusive pumps. Even the winery’s situation atop a hill is all part of the plan as it allows for air circulation to play a natural role in the temperature control of the complex and the cellars that are built into the hill below, again for the ease of temperature control that this naturally affords. It is attention to detail in such matters that amply illustrates the desire of Bodega Classica to produce high-quality wines.

Ricardo Arambarri manages the estate under the umbrella of a larger group called Vintae, established by his father, Riojan businessman and wine-lover José Miguel Arambarri Terrero, which operates winemaking projects in six other Spanish regions. They chose the area of Sonsierra for this particular project because they believe that the poor but well drained limestone-clay soils at 500-600 metres altitude up in the foothills provide a perfect terroir for old vine tempranillo, grown on bush-vines and hand-harvested at low yields.

The winemaking is in the classic Rioja style culminating in time in French and American oak with the length of its stay dependant on the status of the wine, eg reserva or gran reserva. The reserva, in which the tempranillo is ably supported by graciano, sees 20 months in barrels before a further two in bottle before release. Bodega Classica release their wines under a variety of labels including Lopez de Haro and Dominum.
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The Scotsman

Modern style with upfront fruits, vivid freshness, good acidity and refined tannins � quite elegant crianza for the price. Hails from Sonsierra in northern Rioja where northerly winds and calcareous...
Modern style with upfront fruits, vivid freshness, good acidity and refined tannins � quite elegant crianza for the price. Hails from Sonsierra in northern Rioja where northerly winds and calcareous soils give high natural acidity. Made from several plots of old vines, mostly Tempranillo with Garnacha and Mazuelo, all fermented together and aged one year in barrel.
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