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Soft but powerful, ripe blackcurrant and damson on the nose with notes of wet earth and vanila. The palate is gentle and smooth, clean and juicy, with black cherry and currant. Vanilla comes through as tannins build. Rich cherry finish
Bodegas Loli Casado is a small family owned and family run winery in Rioja Alavesa that is as traditional and nostalgic as they come. They have 25 hectares of their own vines 425-500 metres above sea level of varying ages; 9 hectares over 70 years old, 12 between 30 and 45 and 4 hectares of newly planted vines younger than 10 years old. The current Bodega was founded by Luis in 1970 and in 2000, upon his retirement, was taken over by Loli and her husband. Whilst modernising and adapting their traditional Bodega to modern times, using a mix of French and American fine oak, they have continued to produce around 150,000 bottles a year across two very highly regarded Rioja lines, Jaun de Alzate and Polus. Grapes are destemmed before pressing in cylindrical VATS with carbonic maceration. Delestage and punching down to extract colour and tannin. First aged in fine grained new oak cask then in slightly older casks, on average 6 years old in order to integrate the oak but let the fruit dominate.